Saints - Questions and Answers
by visitors to Domestic-Church.Com
We receive anywhere from 5 to 25 letters a week here at the family office of Domestic-Church.Com. Some are (much appreciated!) "Hi, I love your site!" letters, but most are questions. Tough questions, too, usually. I have recruited a number of willing, knowledgeable volunteers to answer the questions that I can't. If there is anything here, or in the other Question and Answer sections of this issue, that you would like to comment on, answer for us, or argue with, please feel free to write and let us know.
I would like to know some information about St Sebanstien. I understand he was a saint for police officers also. I know that St. Michael was also. I belong to a Police Officer Bible Study Group in my county. I would like the facts, so I can bring this up.
I would also like to say I enjoyed your web page. Thank You and God Bless R. Shaffer
The Editor answers:
Dear Robert; Thank you for your letter and God bless you in your important work. Everyone owes police officers a cheerful "Thank You" every time they meet one.
For information about Saint Sebastien and Saint Michael, I recommend that you try the Saint Joseph's Patron Saint Index page as a beginning. A link for it (and other saint's web pages) is in our Links section, under "Links We Like" The URL for the Saint Joseph's Patron Saint Index Hope this helps!
Hello! Love your site. Was researching St. Anthony and have gotten confused. It seems there are at least two -- one from Padua who lived a short time; the other from Egypt who lived to be 105. It seems the symbols and stories of the two overlap a bit.
Well, I bought a small statue for my son Patrick's memorial garden, and it was labeled "St. Anthony". He is dressed like a monk, and is holding a baby (Jesus, I assume), a book, and lillies. Can anyone there help me know which Anthony I've gotten? Is this one the patron saint of grave diggers and finding lost things; is this the one who was seen in his chamber holding the Christ child?; is this the saint from Egypt who gvae away all his wealth and begn the first monastery?; is this the one who was known for his oratorial skills?
My baby died the day he was born, so obviously a saint holding a little child and lilies, a symbol of death and rebirth, appealed to me as a proper memorial statue. Also, my name is Susan and that means "lily".
Please pardon my ignorance. I am Episcopalian, but I do love the saints so. Thank you for whatever help you can give me to clear up my confusion!S. Horn
The Editor answers
Dear S; My very small saint's book listed _four_ St. Anthonys, St, Anthony of Egypt (Jan.17), St. Anthony Middleton (May 6), St. Anthony of Padua (June 13) and St.Anthony Zaccaria (July 5) The two most commonly known and honoured are St. Anthony of Egypt and St. Anthony of Padua.
You have a statue of Saint Anthony of Padua - the same statue that I have on a small shelf in my entrance stairwell of my home - I thought he was an appropriate patron for a houseful of children who both need protection and help finding their things! (I want a statue of St. Barbara invoked against fire and lightning for the other corner - I have four boys)
"Is this one the patron saint of grave diggers and finding lost things"
No, that's Anthony of Egypt and my mistake about the lost things which I will correct today.
"is this the one who was seen in his chamber holding the Christ child?"
"Is this the saint from Egypt who gave away all his wealth and begin the first monastery?;"
"is this the one who was known for his oratorial skills"
"My baby died the day he was born, so obviously a saint holding a little child and lilies, a symbol of death and rebirth, appealed to me as a proper memorial statue. Also, my name is Susan and that means "lily".
It is a beautiful idea and a lovely memorial. I am sorry for your loss and happy that you have found a way to commemorate your son.
"Please pardon my ignorance. I am Episcopalian, but I do love the saints so."
We are all ignorant, so don't apologise! Rejoice in your love for the saints, instead. Thank you for your letter.
Hello there. My name is Stephen, named after St Stephen and a great uncle Fr. Stephen. I was wondering if you could send me a copy of St Stephen's emblems/symbols. Thank you for your time
The Editor Answers:
An excellent source for information about the saints is the Saint Joseph patron Saints Index:
This information is from that site:
STEPHEN the Martyr
Also known as Stephen the Deacon
Feast: 26 December
Profile: First Christian Martyr. Deacon. Preacher. All we know of him is related in the Acts of the Apostles. While preaching the Gospel in the streets, angry Jews who believed his message to be blasphemy, dragged him outside the city and stoned him to death.
Died: stoned to death c.35
Name Meaning: crown
Patronage: deacons, headaches, masons, stone masons
Representation: deacon carrying a pile of rocks; deacon with rocks gathered in his vestments; deacon with rocks on his head; deacon with rocks or a book at hand; stones; palm
I am researching St. Anne for my confirmation name report, and I can't find any articles that are based primarily on her. If you can help please get back to me as soon as possible.Thank You, TWIN1318
The Editor Answers:
First of all, how old are you?
Second, which Saint Anne are you researching?
Next, why don't you check out our Saint's Profiles on Saint Jochaim and Anne and Saint Anne Line Both saints are listed there.
You can also use our search function to find the Saint's Profiles of these saints.
Another way to find information about these saints is to go to the Saint Joseph's Patron Saints Index.
You will find an Alphabetical Listing of Saints under 'Names': Click there, and then when it has finished loading (which takes a bit of time, it's a long list) click on the 'A' You will find Saint Anne there. On the page are many links to other articles about those saints.
Hope this helps. Please excuse that I haven't done the research for you, we receive so many messages, that it is impossible to answer them all in the detail they deserve.
Saint anne Revisited
I am a 15-year-old confirmation student. One of the requirements that I must fulfill in order to receive this sacrament is write a Saint's report on the saint of my choice. I have chosen St. Anne: protector of women in labor. I was wondering if you could please send me a brief history of her life.
Thank you very much. Sincerely, E. Godburn
The Editor Answers
Dear E.; Thank you for your letter, and congratulations on preparing for this important sacrament. Why don't you check out our Saint's Profiles on Saint Jochaim and Anne You can also use our search function to find the Saints' Profiles you want.
Another way to find information about this saint is to go to the Saint Joseph's Patron Saints Index: You will find an Alphabetical Listing of Saints under 'Names': Click there, and then when it has finished loading (which takes a bit of time, it's a long list) click on the 'A' You will find Saint Anne there. On the page are many links to other articles about those saints.
Hope this helps. Please excuse that I haven't done the research for you, we receive so many messages, questions and requests, that it is impossible to answer them all in the detail they deserve.
Saint Rita of Cascia
Hi. I would like to obtain some information on St. Rita of Cascia. Can you point me in the right direction?
The Editor Answers
Dear Ed, The Saint Joseph's Patron Saints Index is an excellent source of information about the saints. This page has some information about Saint Rita and a list of links to other sites. Hope this helps!
Can you send me info on St. Christopher? DeathOgre.
The Editor Answers
Dear 'DeathOgre' (You might want to change your email name, there is no sense in inviting evil into your life, even with something as seemingly mild as an "DeathOgre'. In my never to be humble opinion. We_are_ our brother's keepers.)
The Saint Joseph's Patron Saint Index is a good place to start. Thank you for suggesting Saint Christopher, I was surprised that we hadn't profiled him yet.
Saint Joan d'Arc
I was looking for a Saint Joan d'Arc. She was cannonized in the late 1800's I believe by the pope that presided at that time. Her tale is legendary and mostly in full account "true". What is her sainthood a "patron" of and why has she been omitted from your list? Thank you for your time Charles
The Editor Answers
Thank you for your letter. I apologise for the delay in replying - Domestic-Church.Com is a family apostolate and sometimes family needs to be taken care of first.
Even though you eventually found the listing for Saint Joan, I feel I want to answer your question on more general terms. If a saint is not yet profiled on our site it's because there are literally thousands of saints, well known and obscure and I haven't had time to profile them all. In addition, after writing somewhere between 60 and 70 profiles, I'm exhausted and looking for someone to take it over.
For prayers to Saint Joan of Arc, I recommend you try one of the links at the bottom of the page about Saint Joan, or if there are one there (it's been a while since I wrote that one) try the link to Saint Joseph's Patron Saint Index on our Links We Like page. Once there, find his page for Saint Joan - it has lots of info. Hope this helps,
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