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Saints by Cause
Certain Catholic saints are associated with certain life situations. These patron saints intercede to God for us. We can take our special needs to them and know they will listen to our prayers, and pray to God with us. Click here to receive Saint of the Day in your email.

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Accountants Actors
  • St. Genesius
Addicts Advertising African-Americans AIDS patients Air travelers Alcoholics Altar servers
  • St. John Berchmans
Americas Anesthetists
  • St. Rene Goupil
Animals Archaeologists
  • St. Helen
Architects Argentina
  • Our Lady of Lujan
Art Artists Astronauts Astronomers Athletes Attorneys Australia
  • Our Lady Help of Christians
Authors Babies Bakers Bankers Baptism
  • St. John the Baptist
Barbers Bee keepers Beggars Belgium Blacksmiths
  • St. Dunstan
Blind Bodily ills Bohemia Bookkeepers Booksellers Boy Scouts Boys Brazil Breast disease, against Brewers Bricklayers Brides Broadcasters Builders Businessmen
  • St. Homobonus
Businesswomen
  • St. Margaret Clitherow
Butchers Cab drivers
  • St. Fiacre
Canada Cancer patients Carpenters Catechists Catechumens Catholic schools Catholic youth Charities Childbirth
  • St. Gerard Majella
  • St. Raymond Nonnatus
Children Chile China Choirboys Church Civil servants Clergy Colleges Colombia Comedians
  • St. Vitus
Communication workers Computers Construction workers Cooks Court clerks Dairy workers Dancers
  • St. Vitus
Deacons Deafness Death Denmark Dentists Desperate causes Difficult marriages Disabled Disasters
  • St. Genevieve
Doctors Dogs
  • St. Roch
Dominican Republic Drivers
  • St. Fiacre
Drug addiction Earaches Earthquakes Ecology Editors Engineers England Epilepsy
  • St. Vitus
  • St. Dymphna
  • St. Willibrord
Europe Eye disorders Falsely accused
  • St. Raymond Nonnatus
Farmers Fathers Firefighters Fishermen Florists Foundry workers France Funeral directors Gambling, compulsive behavior Gardeners
  • St. Fiacre
  • St. Adelard
Germany Girls Grandparents Gravediggers
  • St. Anthony the Abbot
Greece Greetings Grocers Grooms Gypsies Hairdressers Happy death Headaches Heart patients Homeless Horses Hospital administrators Hospitals Hotel keepers
  • St. Amand
Housewives Hungary Hunters
  • St. Hubert
  • St. Eustachius
Immigrants Impossible causes India
  • Our Lady of the Assumption
Infertility Insanity
  • St. Dymphna
Internet Invalids
  • St. Roch
Ireland Italy Japan Jewelers
  • St. Eligius
Jordan
  • St. John the Baptist
Journalists Judges Juvenile delinquents Kidney disease Knee problems
  • St. Roch
Laborers Latin America Lawyers Learning Librarians Lithuania Longevity Loss of parents Lost items Lovers Maids, domestic workers Married women Medical technicians Mentally ill
  • St. Dymphna
Merchants Messengers Metal workers
  • St. Eligius
Mexico Midwives
  • St. Raymond Nonnatus
Military members Miscarriage, prevention of
  • St. Catherine of Sweden
Missionaries Monks
  • St. John the Baptist
Mothers Motorists Musicians Mystics Netherlands
  • St. Willibrord
Neurological diseases
  • St. Dymphna
New Zealand
  • Our Lady Help of Christians
Nicaragua Nigeria North Africa North America Norway
  • St. Olaf
Notaries Nuns Nurses Obstetricians
  • St. Raymond Nonnatus
Oceania Orators Orphans, abandoned children Painters Paraguay
  • Our Lady of the Assumption
Paralysis
  • St. Osmund
Parenthood Parish priests Pawnbrokers Penitents Perfumers Peru Pharmacists Philippines Philosophers Physicians Pilots Poets Poisoning Poland Police officers Politicians, public servants Poor Popes Portugal Postal workers Preachers Pregnant women Priests Printers Prisoners Prussia Public relations Race relations Radio Radiologists Reconciliation Retreats Rheumatism Robbers, danger from
  • St. Leonard of Noblac
Rome Russia Sailors Savings Scholars Schoolchildren Schools Scientists Scotland Sculptors
  • St. Claude
Secretaries
  • St. Genesius
Seminarians Serbia
  • St. Sava
Servants Shepherds Sick Skin diseases Slavic peoples Sobriety Social justice Social workers Soldiers South Africa
  • Our Lady of the Assumption
South America Spain Speakers Stomach disorders Students Surgeons Sweden
  • St. Bridget of Sweden
Switzerland
  • St. Nicholas von Flue
Tailors
  • St. Homobonus
Tax collectors Taxi drivers
  • St. Fiacre
Teachers Teenagers Telecommunications Television Theatrical performers
  • St. Genesius
Theologians Throat ailments Toothache Travelers Turkey Undertakers United States Universal Church Universities Uruguay Venereal disease
  • St. Fiacre
Venezuela
  • Our Lady of Coromoto
Veterinarians
  • St. Eligius
Vietnam Vintners
  • St. Amand
Vocations Waiters, waitresses Wales Weavers West Indies Widows Wine trade
  • St. Amand
  • St. Vincent of Zaragossa
Women in labor Workers Writers


Ignatius of Loyola: The founder of the Jesuits was on his way to military fame and fortune when a cannon ball shattered his leg. Because there were no books of romance on hand during his convalescence, Ignatius whiled away the time reading a life of Christ and lives of the saints. His conscience was deeply touched, and a long, painful turning to Christ began. Having seen the Mother of God in a vision, he made a pilgrimage to her shrine at Montserrat (near Barcelona). He remained for almost a year at nearby Manresa, sometimes with the Dominicans, sometimes in a pauper’s hospice, often in a cave in the hills praying. After a period of great peace of mind, he went through a harrowing trial of scruples. There was no comfort in anything—prayer, fasting, sacraments, penance. At length, his peace of mind returned. 
<p>It was during this year of conversion that Ignatius began to write down material that later became his greatest work, the <em>Spiritual Exercises</em>. </p><p>He finally achieved his purpose of going to the Holy Land, but could not remain, as he planned, because of the hostility of the Turks. He spent the next 11 years in various European universities, studying with great difficulty, beginning almost as a child. Like many others, his orthodoxy was questioned; Ignatius was twice jailed for brief periods. </p><p>In 1534, at the age of 43, he and six others (one of whom was St. Francis Xavier, December 2) vowed to live in poverty and chastity and to go to the Holy Land. If this became impossible, they vowed to offer themselves to the apostolic service of the pope. The latter became the only choice. Four years later Ignatius made the association permanent. The new Society of Jesus was approved by Paul III, and Ignatius was elected to serve as the first general. </p><p>When companions were sent on various missions by the pope, Ignatius remained in Rome, consolidating the new venture, but still finding time to found homes for orphans, catechumens and penitents. He founded the Roman College, intended to be the model of all other colleges of the Society. </p><p>Ignatius was a true mystic. He centered his spiritual life on the essential foundations of Christianity—the Trinity, Christ, the Eucharist. His spirituality is expressed in the Jesuit motto, <i>ad majorem Dei gloriam</i>—“for the greater glory of God.” In his concept, obedience was to be the prominent virtue, to assure the effectiveness and mobility of his men. All activity was to be guided by a true love of the Church and unconditional obedience to the Holy Father, for which reason all professed members took a fourth vow to go wherever the pope should send them for the salvation of souls.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus’s humanity and His biological need to be fed Himself gives power and personal force to His teaching that when we feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty, we do it to Him.

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