Monday, April 28, 2014

Who Is the Patron Saint of Bloggers?

Who is the Patron Saint of Bloggers?

St. Clare
St. Clare -- 13th century Foundress of the Poor Clares and associate of St. Francis of Assisi. She was named the patroness of television by Venerable Pope Pius XII because when she was unable to attend Mass due to illness, she could see and hear it on the wall of her cell. A Poor Clare Nun founded EWTN -- Mother Angelica.

St. Vitus
St. Vitus  -- A fourth century Sicilian martyr about whom little is known for sure. Northern European Catholics used to dance before his statue to gain favors. Later the neurological disorder Sydenham's chorea was called "St. Vitus' Dance." He is thus the patron saint of dancers, and, by extension, entertainers of all kinds (including bicycle-riding bears). Those who oversleep also seek his intercession.

St. Genesius
St. Genesius -- 4th century actor and martyr. He converted onstage during a play mocking Christians and was tortured to death by Diocletian. Patron saint of comedians, clowns and entertainers, also thieves and (now with St. Thomas More) lawyers! During his last performance, he ad libbed: “You fools, I am resolved to die a Christian that God may receive me as one who seeks His salvation by turning away from idolatry and superstition.” Everybody laughed until he said, "No, really."  Now he's making other saints laugh in Heaven.

St. Francis de Sales
St. Francis de Sales -- This Counter-Reformer par excellence is perhaps best remembered as the author of books such as Introduction to the Devout Life, but was a tireless pamphleteer that won back many Calvinists to the Church. He is the patron of writers. He founded the Order of Visitation of Holy Mary along with St. Jane Frances de Chantal. His spirituality influenced St. John Eudes, who in turn influenced St. Louis de Montfort, another St. Corbinian's Bear favorite.

St. Maximillian Kolbe
St. Maximilian Kolbe -- This Polish Franciscan Friar founded the Militia Immaculata for the conversion of enemies of the Church, especially Freemasons. He used the most modern techniques for evangelization, including radio. He is the only canonized saint to have held a ham radio operator's license: call sign SP3RN. He was interned in a concentration camp by the Germans during WWII. When the commandant chose 10 prisoners to be starved to death as a reprisal for escapees, St. Maximilian Kolbe volunteered to take the place of a young husband and father. He encouraged the other nine, and was the last to die, by lethal injection. For all these reasons he is the patron of journalists and addicts. (That makes him a particularly good choice, perhaps!)

St. Isidore of Seville
St. Isidore of Seville -- a 7th century scholar who compiled the Etymologiae, in which he collected all the best writings of the ancient world that might be of any use to Christians. Despite this, he is known as the Patron Saint of the Internet.  He is also invoked by those addicted to internet pornography. (Don't worry, it's a Catholic resource site.) The Bear has professionally represented many people whose addiction has exposed truly dark places within, and lured them into illegal behavior. This is a huge problem. St. Isidore protect us.

St. Corbinian
Here, of course, we depend on St. Corbinian to rein us in when we become too bearish. And Venerable Pius XII.

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  1. Very interested how the lives of the saints are timeless. They are always our intercessors. I really enjoyed this. Ty.

  2. Another excellent piece my Dear Bear. I rely on SCB blog to get me through these trying days. Yesterday, for example, I saw on Facebook, a Leftist, Democrat, pro abortion individual I know posted a photo of Francis with one of his recent comments critical of capitalism and the caption "The People's Pope". The comments following were all laudatory and were from people who would not support anything else the Pope might mention. Regardless, your words are like manna from heaven.


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