A co-worker and I were discussing prayers to saints this morning; particularly praying to St. Anthony for lost things. My colleague jovially wondered if St. Anthony ever got tired of helping people find lost things. I thought that he wouldn’t because he sure does get a lot of prayers!
But it made me wonder about some of the lesser-known patron saints. I did a quick search and found a list of some of the patrons of people, places and things. Since today is Veteran’s Day, I thought it was a nice time to find out that the patron of military members is St. Joan of Arc. I’ll be sure to send up a prayer to her today.
The list, however, had a lot of other interesting patron saints. There’s St. Mary Magdalene for penitents; St. Frances of Rome for motorists; and St. Bede the Venerable for scholars, just to name a few. There is even a patron saint for pawnbrokers! (St. Nicholas, in case you were wondering.)
I may have to add a few new saints to my roster after looking at the list since my usual go-to saint is St. Joseph (the patron saint of families).
What about you? Do you have a special saint you pray to that may not be as well-known as some of the others? Please share!