"So by their concern is our weakness greatly helped." ~CCC956
Saints will recommend themselves to me sometimes. I will hear about one, and his or her name will just keep coming back to me over the course of a day or two. Last week it was St. Henry II, German ruler and Holy Roman Emperor, and someone I'd never heard of before. He was son of Duke Henry II (The Quarrelsome...wow, let me never be known by a name like that!) and married a woman named Cunegunda, who was also declared a saint. Legend has it they had a Josephite Marriage, dedicating their lives to doing good works - and both of them desiring to enter the religious life at different points in their lives. Two days before his feast day I happened to open my daily calendar to the pages of saints listed by their patronage. I was amazed at the sheer number of saints dedicated to women in one way or another - and by the specific needs they addressed. For example, St. Henry II is patron of the childless while St. Rita of Cascia is patron of those who desire children and St. Anne is patron of childless women. Slightly different words, fairly large difference in meaning. So on this hot and humid Wednesday - perhaps one of these saints will recommend themselves to you?
St. Rita of Cascia - Patron of desire for children, desperate/hopeless cases, infertility, parenthood, abused wives, grieving mothers
St. Anne - Patron of childless women, housewives, women in labour and mothers
St. Henry II - Patron of the childless, handicapped
John Francis Regis - Patron of marriage
St. Catherine of Sweden - Patron of miscarriages
St. Nicholas of Tolentino - Patron of mothers and motherhood
St. Gerard Majella - Patron of mothers, childbirth and pregnant women
St. Monica - Patron of mothers
St. Raymond Nonnatus - Patron of pregnant women and women in labour/childbirth
St. Margaret (or Marina) - Patron of childbirth and pregnant women. Fierce woman - check out how she's taking a hammer to the devil!
St. Bibiana - Patron of single women
St. Maria Goretti - Patron of teenagers (especially girls)
St. Nicholas of Bari - Patron of unmarried women