Maker of all things! God most high!
Great Ruler of the starry sky!
Who, robing day with beauteous light,
Hast clothed in soft repose the night,
That sleep may wearied limbs restore,
And fit for toil and use once more;
May gently soothe the careworn breast,
And lull our anxious griefs to rest.
… St. Ambrose, “Evening Hymn”, trans. J.D. Chambers, quoted in St. Augustine, Confessions
🎨 Tom Perkinson
“But, you know, I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints. Heroism and sanctity don’t really appeal to me, I imagine. What interests me is being a man.”
Hope everyone’s doing well!
Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali
Grandparent’s dog got bit by some ants, so here’s a list of saints you can pray to if you’ve got pets in need of prayer.
- Saint Anthony Abbot. Had a companion pig whom he cured of illness.
- Saint Basil the Great. His prayer, the Liturgy of Saint Basil, calls animals our siblings in Christ.
- Saint Ciaran the Younger. Built a monastery for animals with the help of a boar he called “Brother Boar”. Considered all animals to be our siblings in Christ.
- Saint Columba. Blessed a work horse.
- Saint Cuthbert. Patron saint of otters, and friends with birds.
- Saint Francis of Assisi. Patron saint of animals.
- Saint Gertrude of Nivelles. Patron saint of cats.
- Saint Giles. Sole companion was a deer.
- Saint Hubert. Patron saint of dogs.
- Saint John Chrysostom. Used his influence in the Orthodox Church to promote love for animals.
- Saint Martin de Porres. Communicated and healed animals.
- Saint Melangell. Patron saint of animals.
- Saint Modestos. Patron saint of farm animals. Healed animals. Created prayer for animals who are sick or in danger.
- Saint Neot. Credited with rescuing a deer.
- Saint Philip Neri. Promoted vegetarianism on the basis of animal welfare, and set animals free whenever he could.
- Saint Roche. Patron saint of dogs.
- St Sylvester. Cared for a bull.
may all who seek come to know
the ever-ongoing line of mystics,
lovers of the Supreme Being who come to the world.
Saint Thomas Aquinas said baptism is the generation of spiritual life, confirmation is the growth of it and the Eucharist is food for the journey
“The glory of God is a human being fully alive”
As I was telling someone last night, if you are one who is interested in exploring true Catholic magic, I cannot overemphasize the usefulness of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. Venerated since the 14th century, these auxillary saints have been known to be particularly helpful in the prevention and recovery of a wide variety of ailments, making them invaluable to the magician as a source of healing. Further, any saint known to alleviate a symptom can be asked to inflict that same symptom, making them a curse-slinger’s best weapon. Queue shameless plug: For a truly robust spirit court, consider the Fourteen Holy Helpers, today.
St. Acacius: against headache
St. Barbara: against fever, sudden death, lightning and fire, death at work
St. Blaise: against illness of the throat, protection of dometic animals
St. Catherine: against sudden death, diseases of the tongue, patron of the dying
St. Christopher: against bubonic plague, dangers while traveling
St. Cyriacus: against diseases of the eye, demonic possession, temptation
St. Denis: against headache, demonic possession
St. Elmo: against intestinal ailments, stomach ailments, protection of domestic animals, patron of sailors
St. Eustace: against family discord, fire, patron of hunters
St. George: against herpetic diseases, protection of domestic animals, patron of soldiers
St. Giles: against plague, epilepsy, mental illness, nightmares, patron of the disabled
St. Margaret: against backache, devils, patron of laboring women
St. Pantaleon: against cancer, tuberculosis, protection of domestic animals, patron of physicians and midwives
St. Vitus: against epilepsy, chorea, lightning, rabies and animal bites, storms, protection of domestic animals