Monday, November 1, 2021

St. Columbanus , Patron Saint of Motorcyclist

 Given this is All Saints Day, I was curious to see a list of Saints. In my mind, there are saints named as Patrons for such things as Travelers (St. Christopher), Children (St. Nicolas), and Animals (St. Frances of Assisi, as well as St. Anthony of Egypt and St. Cornelius). But who knew accountants have their own saint, but low and behold they do - St. Mathew the Apostle. For all the brewers, you too are covered. In fact there is a trifecta of saints for  Brewers - St, Augustine of Hippo, St. Boniface, and St. Wenceslaus. Divorcees fear not, for you too have a patron saint watching over you - St. Helen. (Although how does one know which side she takes?)

Anesthesiologists are protected by St. Rene Goupl. Sore Eyes are assigned to St. Augustine. Volcanic Eruptions (I kid you not) are protected by St. Januarius. St. John the Baptist protects Road Workers. St. Micheal the Archangel looks over EMTs.  

Not being of the Catholic persuasion, I had no idea what exactly an "Archangel" was. I learned that he/she is the eighth order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. The Nine Celestial Order of the Divine Angels (aka the Choir of the Angels) is made up of the Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Powers, Virtues, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels. Who knew Angels themselves are on the longest rung of the totem pole (so to speak).  But, I digress.

From Skiers to Singers to Storms, there are dedicated saints watching over them. Television has 2 saints (St Claire of Assi and St. Martin de Porres), while Teenage Girls have only one (St. Maria Goretti). Lightening has a saint (St. Victor of Marseilles) and well as Large families (St. Richard ).  However, I wonder just how many children constitute a "large family".

There are saints protecting Fevers (St. Petronille), Funeral Directors (St. Joseph of Aremathia  ), and Girl Scouts (St. Agnes of Rome). St. Teresa of Alvila is assigned to Headaches and Ice Skating is watched over by St. Lidwana of Schiedam. Notaries look to St. Mark the Evangelists for protection. 

Of all the many saints,  I feel for St. Kateri (the Environment), and St. Eugene of Mazenot (Dysfunctional Families), for they have a heavy load. But, I feel a kindred spirit with Rita of Cascia, the Saint of Impossible Dreams.

All in all, there are over 10,000 saints recognized by the Catholic Church. Doing the math, it would take 27 years and 142 days to honor each of them if each was assigned a day.


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