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Saints by Cause
Certain Catholic saints are associated with certain life situations. These patron saints intercede to God for us. We can take our special needs to them and know they will listen to our prayers, and pray to God with us. Click here to receive Saint of the Day in your email.

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Accountants Actors
  • St. Genesius
Addicts Advertising African-Americans AIDS patients Air travelers Alcoholics Altar servers
  • St. John Berchmans
Americas Anesthetists
  • St. Rene Goupil
Animals Archaeologists
  • St. Helen
Architects Argentina
  • Our Lady of Lujan
Art Artists Astronauts Astronomers Athletes Attorneys Australia
  • Our Lady Help of Christians
Authors Babies Bakers Bankers Baptism
  • St. John the Baptist
Barbers Bee keepers Beggars Belgium Blacksmiths
  • St. Dunstan
Blind Bodily ills Bohemia Bookkeepers Booksellers Boy Scouts Boys Brazil Breast disease, against Brewers Bricklayers Brides Broadcasters Builders Businessmen
  • St. Homobonus
Businesswomen
  • St. Margaret Clitherow
Butchers Cab drivers
  • St. Fiacre
Canada Cancer patients Carpenters Catechists Catechumens Catholic schools Catholic youth Charities Childbirth
  • St. Gerard Majella
  • St. Raymond Nonnatus
Children Chile China Choirboys Church Civil servants Clergy Colleges Colombia Comedians
  • St. Vitus
Communication workers Computers Construction workers Cooks Court clerks Dairy workers Dancers
  • St. Vitus
Deacons Deafness Death Denmark Dentists Desperate causes Difficult marriages Disabled Disasters
  • St. Genevieve
Doctors Dogs
  • St. Roch
Dominican Republic Drivers
  • St. Fiacre
Drug addiction Earaches Earthquakes Ecology Editors Engineers England Epilepsy
  • St. Vitus
  • St. Dymphna
  • St. Willibrord
Europe Eye disorders Falsely accused
  • St. Raymond Nonnatus
Farmers Fathers Firefighters Fishermen Florists Foundry workers France Funeral directors Gambling, compulsive behavior Gardeners
  • St. Fiacre
  • St. Adelard
Germany Girls Grandparents Gravediggers
  • St. Anthony the Abbot
Greece Greetings Grocers Grooms Gypsies Hairdressers Happy death Headaches Heart patients Homeless Horses Hospital administrators Hospitals Hotel keepers
  • St. Amand
Housewives Hungary Hunters
  • St. Hubert
  • St. Eustachius
Immigrants Impossible causes India
  • Our Lady of the Assumption
Infertility Insanity
  • St. Dymphna
Internet Invalids
  • St. Roch
Ireland Italy Japan Jewelers
  • St. Eligius
Jordan
  • St. John the Baptist
Journalists Judges Juvenile delinquents Kidney disease Knee problems
  • St. Roch
Laborers Latin America Lawyers Learning Librarians Lithuania Longevity Loss of parents Lost items Lovers Maids, domestic workers Married women Medical technicians Mentally ill
  • St. Dymphna
Merchants Messengers Metal workers
  • St. Eligius
Mexico Midwives
  • St. Raymond Nonnatus
Military members Miscarriage, prevention of
  • St. Catherine of Sweden
Missionaries Monks
  • St. John the Baptist
Mothers Motorists Musicians Mystics Netherlands
  • St. Willibrord
Neurological diseases
  • St. Dymphna
New Zealand
  • Our Lady Help of Christians
Nicaragua Nigeria North Africa North America
  • St. Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf and Companions
Norway
  • St. Olaf
Notaries Nuns Nurses Obstetricians
  • St. Raymond Nonnatus
Oceania Orators Orphans, abandoned children Painters Paraguay
  • Our Lady of the Assumption
Paralysis
  • St. Osmund
Parenthood Parish priests Pawnbrokers Penitents Perfumers Peru Pharmacists Philippines Philosophers Physicians Pilots Poets Poisoning Poland Police officers Politicians, public servants Poor Popes Portugal Postal workers Preachers Pregnant women Priests Printers Prisoners Prussia Public relations Race relations Radio Radiologists Reconciliation Retreats Rheumatism Robbers, danger from
  • St. Leonard of Noblac
Rome Russia Sailors Savings Scholars Schoolchildren Schools Scientists Scotland Sculptors
  • St. Claude
Secretaries
  • St. Genesius
Seminarians Serbia
  • St. Sava
Servants Shepherds Sick Skin diseases Slavic peoples Sobriety Social justice Social workers Soldiers South Africa
  • Our Lady of the Assumption
South America Spain Speakers Stomach disorders Students Surgeons Sweden
  • St. Bridget of Sweden
Switzerland
  • St. Nicholas von Flue
Tailors
  • St. Homobonus
Tax collectors Taxi drivers
  • St. Fiacre
Teachers Teenagers Telecommunications Television Theatrical performers
  • St. Genesius
Theologians Throat ailments Toothache Travelers Turkey Undertakers United States Universal Church Universities Uruguay Venereal disease
  • St. Fiacre
Venezuela
  • Our Lady of Coromoto
Veterinarians
  • St. Eligius
Vietnam Vintners
  • St. Amand
Vocations Waiters, waitresses Wales Weavers West Indies Widows Wine trade
  • St. Amand
  • St. Vincent of Zaragossa
Women in labor Workers Writers


Peter of Alcantara: Peter was a contemporary of well-known 16th-century Spanish saints, including Ignatius of Loyola and John of the Cross. He served as confessor to St. Teresa of Avila. Church reform was a major issue in Peter’s day, and he directed most of his energies toward that end. His death came one year before the Council of Trent ended. 
<p>Born into a noble family (his father was the governor of Alcantara in Spain), Peter studied law at Salamanca University and, at 16, joined the so-called Observant Franciscans (also known as the discalced, or barefoot, friars). While he practiced many penances, he also demonstrated abilities which were soon recognized. He was named the superior of a new house even before his ordination as a priest; at the age of 39, he was elected provincial; he was a very successful preacher. Still, he was not above washing dishes and cutting wood for the friars. He did not seek attention; indeed, he preferred solitude.</p><p>Peter’s penitential side was evident when it came to food and clothing. It is said that he slept only 90 minutes each night. While others talked about Church reform, Peter’s reform began with himself. His patience was so great that a proverb arose: "To bear such an insult one must have the patience of Peter of Alcantara."</p><p>In 1554, Peter, having received permission, formed a group of Franciscans who followed the Rule of St. Francis with even greater rigor. These friars were known as Alcantarines. Some of the Spanish friars who came to North and South America in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries were members of this group. At the end of the 19th century, the Alcantarines were joined with other Observant friars to form the Order of Friars Minor.</p><p>As spiritual director to St. Teresa, Peter encouraged her in promoting the Carmelite reform. His preaching brought many people to religious life, especially to the Secular Franciscan Order, the friars and the Poor Clares.</p><p>He was canonized in 1669.</p> American Catholic Blog Remember the widow’s mite. She threw into the treasury of the temple only two small coins, but with them, all her great love…. It is, above all, the interior value of the gift that counts: the readiness to share everything, the readiness to give oneself. —Pope John Paul II

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