When everyday struggles are getting you down, it can be helpful to appeal to a higher power. These 11 saints are known for helping people with everyday problems. If you're in a pinch, it couldn't hurt to ask them to lend a hand.
1. St. Anthony of Padua - Finding lost objects
St. Anthony famously had his teaching book stolen by a careless student, and prayed to have it returned. When the thief brought the book back, Anthony earned a reputation for helping people find lost items. That makes him the perfect helper for when you lose your keys, your phone, or your mind.
Just don't confuse him with St. Jude or St. Philomena, who intervene with lost causes.
2. St. Bibiana - Curing hangovers
This saint and the rest of her family were tortured by the Romans because of their faith. At one point, her captors forced St. Bibiana to drink molten lead, but she supposedly “endured the torments with joy.”
A church was built over Bibiana's final resting place, and for centuries villagers have taken dirt and dust from the church grounds to make holy hangover cures.
She might answer your prayers on those groggy Saturday mornings, but you could also try these cures for something more modern.
3. St. Expeditus - Procrastination
St. Expeditus is known for answering prayers in a speedy fashion, which makes him the patron saint of deal-makers and lawyers. He's also known to help chronic procrastinators overcome their condition, but you should be prepared to offer him something in return - he is a deal-maker after all.
4. St. Clotilde - Disappointing children
This saint was a princess during her lifetime, and married to an important Frankish king. When her husband died, their three sons started behaving very badly. They fought over each other's lands, and even murdered extended family members.
Meanwhile, Clotilde focused on helping the faithful and let her rotten kids fend for themselves. She doesn't exactly sound like a parenting expert, but she could offer some help with your own family.
5. St. Honoratus of Amiens - Baking
It seems a little silly, but any baker who has burned a tray of shortbread cookies or had their souffle deflate knows that it can't hurt to ask for a little bit of divine intervention in the kitchen.
Honoratus wasn't known for his baking skills, but he is associated with a culinary miracle. When his servant heard he was made a bishop, she said the news was as unlikely as her spatula turning into a tree. She set the tool on the ground, and it transformed into a mulberry tree.
Ever since, bakers have prayed to St. Honoratus for their cakes and cookies to turn out just right.
How about a saint who can help with more modern problems?
6. St. Isidore of Seville - The internet and technology
There weren't any computers in the 6th century, when St. Isidore was born, but he had a reputation for being a devoted and talented student, which made him a shoe-in to be the patron saint of students. Since students use technology and the internet, they became his responsibility too.
If your slow WiFi is torturing you, or you've called the IT department every day this week, maybe you should enlist Isidore's help.
7. Mother Cabrini - Finding a parking spot
Mother Cabrini was an Italian-American missionary, who is mainly known as the patron saint of immigrants and hospitals. That last job might explain why she's also the go-to saint to ask for help finding a parking spot.
Next time you find yourself circling the lot at the mall, try this simple rhyming prayer: "Mother Cabrini, Mother Cabrini, please find a spot for my parking machine-y." The faithful swear it works every time.
8. Clare of Assisi - Broken phones
This Italian saint was famously too sick to attend Mass one day, and was confined to her bed. Miraculously, she was able to see and hear the ceremony on the wall of her room, which later made her the patron saint of television.
This title has since expanded to include smaller electronics with screens, like our cell phones. We've all lived through the scary experience of dunking our phone in water and waiting to see if it turns on. Next time, remember to say a prayer to Clare.
9. St. Theodore of Sykeon - The weather
During his time on Earth, St. Theodore attended to some very needy people. He was asked to bring rain during droughts and stop the rain during floods, and managed to do both through prayer.
So if the sky is literally raining on your parade, St. Theodore is the one to ask for help.
10. St. Joseph - Moving, and selling your home
If you think moving is a hassle these days, imagine doing it with your family and all of your possessions packed on the back of a camel. Joseph and Mary moved from Bethlehem to Egypt, and then back to Nazareth, so it's safe to say he knows a thing or two about moving out.
To this day, some people still bury a statue of Joseph under their lawn when they put their home up for sale, hoping that he'll answer their prayers for a cash sale with no conditional inspection.
11. St. Vitus - Oversleeping
This saint was famously thrown into a pot of boiling oil and emerged safe and sound. Histories of his life say that a rooster was thrown in the pot with him, and the bird is often included in portraits of St. Vitus.
Ever since, farmers have associated Vitus with an early wake-up call, and many people still pray for his protection after setting their alarm.
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