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Here is our final piece of the 40 Day Lenten Series of Saints. The Jewish Holiday of Passover is concluding and the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus begins on Easter Sunday. We're presenting Saint Maximilian Kolbe and the Pectoral Cross of Pope Francis as our final posts of the series.
Mary’s life was forever changed when Jesus cast seven devils out from her; from that point on, she became His ardent and loyal follower. Even when Jesus was ostracized and left to die on the cross, Mary stood by Him. After Jesus died, Mary was the first to see He had been resurrected. In art, Mary is often portrayed waiting at the foot of Jesus’ cross. We should all honor Mary Magdalene, patroness of hair stylists, perfumers, and repentant sinners.
Look to Saint Cayetano for help with unemployment and wagering, betting, gambling issues. He used to make challenges by betting prayers. “I’ll match your 3 Hail Marys and raise you two 'Our Fathers.'” As the patron saint of Job Seekers, his medal brings confidence when a “Pep Talk” can help.
Our Lady of Fatima’s Story involves 3 young shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta Marto, and Francisco, and the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin in Portugal. They described her as “a woman in all white, more brilliant than the sun,” according to www.CatholicSaints.Info
A Doctor of the Church, Saint Teresa of Avila is one of only 4 women to be decreed the honor. More concrete evidence of the handicap women have had in the Catholic Church! Fortunately, Pope Francis is also following a forward thinking path about expanding women's roles in the church, listening, and is also, working diligently to “Build a Bigger Tent,” and become radically inclusive, and not exclusive.
Today we celebrate two of the greatest versions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Pray to them when in need of quick help or constant help. Palm Sunday is only a few days away! Our Lenten Series will be ending soon and for those of you who read every day, surely that’s another way to celebrate the Resurrection.
Many wear our Sacred Heart of Jesus as fashionary. You’ll see it in many artistic renditions, paintings, ceramics, stones and gems. Is it Sacrilegious to wear the Sacred Heart of Jesus as a “fashion statement?” We make no judgment. Its beauty, religious or otherwise, speaks for itself.
Today we celebrate Saint Agatha who is invoked against breast cancer and other cancers. Saint Agatha is one of our most sought-after designs. Like Saint Peregrine, Saint Agatha fights against the many forms of cancer. Many wear and share her medal and she provides a source of comfort, even without the medal.
Today, we are celebrating saint Dorothy of Caesarea, patron of gardeners, flowers, newlyweds, and midwives. Officially known as the patron of midwives. I guess patron of doulas is a fair description, as well. Plus, Saint Dorothy is the perfect saint for springtime since she is the patron of florists and gardeners and her story fits right into the theme of blooms and blooming.
Saint Expedite, Patron of Emergencies caused by our procrastinations, is our Saint for today! Turn to Expedite when you are in dire need of speedy solutions. Little is known about Expedite although his story is celebrated throughout the world. We saw him under glass in Europe but his backstory (at least one of them) lies right here in New Orleans.
There are several versions of the Saint Francis medal and we have one that has the entire Peace Prayer engraved on the back. You’ll need a microscope or 3.5 “Readers” to get a good look at it, but the whole Peace Prayer of Saint Francis is there.
If you do not have and “never had” any form of mental illness you are surely one of the most fortunate people to ever exist on earth. Yet, you will still know someone else who does have some form of mental illness. Try to listen more and become attuned to physical cues that might help you glean better understanding to help those struggling with mental illness.
Saint Bridget of Ireland—sometimes referred to as “Brigid of Kildare”—is one of Ireland’s patron saints. Because of her storied travels, Bridget has been designated the patroness of boatmen, travelers, mariners and sailors. And chicken farmers. We do not know why! Wear Saint Bridget’s medal to bestow peace and safety upon all your journeys, whether by land or sea!
Many consider Patrick to be the true leader of Irish-Catholics. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City is probably the most famous Cathedral in America. Patrick’s Feast Day, March 17th, is oft-referred to as the day when everyone can share in the “Luck o’ the Irish.” Many wear Irish green and enjoy Irish frivolity on that day, now simply known as Saint Patrick’s Day.