Saint Christopher

Saint Christopher

Patron of travelers
Invoked for safe travel
Feast Day: July 25

Christopher’s story took place long ago. It is said he first sided with the devil but later joined God when he heard the devil was afraid of Jesus. As a member of God’s team, he worked as a guide and this is how he came to be world famous. His most spectacular achievement involved helping a very young Jesus Christ travel across a raging stream. Jesus needed help getting across the waterway and Christopher helped the young lad. When Jesus and Christopher got halfway across, the weight of the whole world was transferred onto the back of Christopher’s, yet he miraculously managed to get Jesus (and the whole world!) across the water. A church was dedicated to him and the Vatican made him a Saint. Christopher became known as “Saint Christopher,” the `Patron Saint of Travelers’ and attained cult-like status throughout the world. One theory said that if, upon awakening, a person looked at an image or likeness of Christopher, the person would not die that day. This brought great comfort to faithful believers. Millions wore Christopher medals and put Christopher figurines on the dashboards and rear view mirrors of their cars to protect them, their passengers and other drivers. In the 1960’s it was decided that Chris and the whole story of helping Jesus across a stream was not based in fact, so Pope Paul VI excommunicated Christopher. His Sainthood title was taken away. Many Catholics disagreed with the decision. The story of Christopher brought peace and hope to believers. So, although excommunicated, Christopher’s popularity never waned and Catholics, non-Catholics, Jews and Buddhists still wear Saint Christopher medals and collect his figurines for protection and comfort. He is one of the most popular religious figures; you can often still see Christopher figurines in faithful loyalists (like senior citizens’ and other cool peoples’) cars. All of us at SfS hope that Christopher will someday be reinstated as an actual Saint since his miraculous story and spirit help all who believe in him as the Patron Saint of Travelers!

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-Robert Louis Stevenson


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