Camillus: 16th Century First Responder

May Day 9 Pope Francis, in his Mass intention of yesterday, called on us to pray for the Red Cross and the Red Crescent so today we call upon the intercession of Saint Camillus de Lellis, who founded the original ‘Red Cross’ centuries ago, as we continue our month of May search for ’31 patronsContinue reading “Camillus: 16th Century First Responder”

The Supplica: Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii May 8

May Day 8 Two days every year, May 8 and the first Sunday in October, pilgrims from all over the world gather at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii to petition the Mother of God for their necessities under her title, Our Lady of the Rosary. In our search for 31 ‘patrons against plague’Continue reading “The Supplica: Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii May 8”

Pandemic Counter-Attack: Contagion of Love

May Day 7 Padre Pio came in a dream to Matteo Farina when he was only 9 years old and told him that he must help his friends. Padre Pio told him, “If you managed to understand that who is without sin is happy, then you have to teach it to the others, so thatContinue reading “Pandemic Counter-Attack: Contagion of Love”

Anthony the Great: Patron of Social Distancing and Protection Against Plague

May Day 6 As we continue our 31 day month of May search for 31 ‘plague protectors’ we nominate Saint Anthony the Great (also called Anthony of the Desert) as the official patron against COVID 19. Turns out he’s a 2fer (two for the price of one) Saint. The Life of Anthony, as told toContinue reading “Anthony the Great: Patron of Social Distancing and Protection Against Plague”

Roch: Powerful Patron Against Plagues

Day 5 Saint Roch (pronounced Rock) was born with a distinctive red cross birthmark on his chest in 1295 at Montpellier, France. He was only 32 years old when he died in 1327. Born into a wealthy family, Saint Roch lost his parents at the age of 20. He divested himself of all their wealth, distributingContinue reading “Roch: Powerful Patron Against Plagues”

The Miracles in the Medal

May Day 4 In 1830 Our Lady appeared to a novice in the convent of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul on the Rue de Bac in Paris, France. The young nun was shown a vision of Mary enfolded in an oval frame with her arms outstretched, rays of light streaming fromContinue reading “The Miracles in the Medal”

In Thanksgiving for the End of the Plague. Day 3

Guido Reni was commissioned in 1631 by the city of Bologna, Italy to create an image of the Madonna and Child on a silk banner that would be processed annually from the public square to the Church of Saint Dominic in thanksgiving for the end of the plague that ravaged the city a year earlierContinue reading “In Thanksgiving for the End of the Plague. Day 3”

We Fly to Thy Patronage: May Challenge, Day 2

Pope Francis has called on the faithful to pray the Rosary daily during the month of May, traditionally celebrated by Catholics as ‘Mary’s Month’. As part of the May challenge, to display one of the new prayers with an image of the Madonna for each day of the month, we offer another image by CaravaggioContinue reading “We Fly to Thy Patronage: May Challenge, Day 2”

Joseph: The Man God Called ‘PAPA’

Patron of the Universal Church. Patron of the Dying. Patron of Workers. Patron of Husbands. Patron of Families. Patron of Fathers. Patron of Unborn Children. Patron of the ProLife Movement. Patron of Carpenters. Patron of House Builders. Patron of Immigrants. Patron of Employment. Patron of Explorers. Patron of Exorcists. Patron of Virgins. Patron of theContinue reading “Joseph: The Man God Called ‘PAPA’”