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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


Robert Bellarmine: When Robert Bellarmine was ordained in 1570, the study of Church history and the fathers of the Church was in a sad state of neglect. A promising scholar from his youth in Tuscany, he devoted his energy to these two subjects, as well as to Scripture, in order to systematize Church doctrine against the attacks of the Protestant Reformers. He was the first Jesuit to become a professor at Louvain. 
<p>His most famous work is his three-volume <i>Disputations on the Controversies </i><em>of the Christian Faith</em>. Particularly noteworthy are the sections on the temporal power of the pope and the role of the laity. He incurred the anger of monarchists in England and France by showing the divine-right-of-kings theory untenable. He developed the theory of the indirect power of the pope in temporal affairs; although he was defending the pope against the Scottish philosopher Barclay, he also incurred the ire of Pope Sixtus V. </p><p>Bellarmine was made a cardinal by Pope Clement VIII on the grounds that "he had not his equal for learning." While he occupied apartments in the Vatican, Bellarmine relaxed none of his former austerities. He limited his household expenses to what was barely essential, eating only the food available to the poor. He was known to have ransomed a soldier who had deserted from the army and he used the hangings of his rooms to clothe poor people, remarking, "The walls won't catch cold." </p><p>Among many activities, he became theologian to Pope Clement VIII, preparing two catechisms which have had great influence in the Church. </p><p>The last major controversy of Bellarmine's life came in 1616 when he had to admonish his friend Galileo, whom he admired. Bellarmine delivered the admonition on behalf of the Holy Office, which had decided that the heliocentric theory of Copernicus (the sun as stationary) was contrary to Scripture. The admonition amounted to a caution against putting forward—other than as a hypothesis—theories not yet fully proved. This shows that saints are not infallible. </p><p>Bellarmine died on September 17, 1621. The process for his canonization was begun in 1627 but was delayed until 1930 for political reasons, stemming from his writings. In 1930, Pope Pius XI canonized him and the next year declared him a doctor of the Church.</p> American Catholic Blog The joy of the Lord is our strength. Therefore, each of us will accept a life of poverty in cheerful trust. We will minister to Christ in the distressing disguise of the poor with cheerful devotion. If our work is done with joy, we will have no reason to be unhappy.

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