saints and angels

Just as Middle hopped out of the car, I slipped a teeny saint into his hand. Because I had forgotten to do it earlier and had dug it from a pocket in the car, I'm assuming it was St Christopher, but it doesn't matter - I interchange them for all occasions.
Several of us carry little pocket altars in our bags and we always have silver acorns when we fly.
(Acorns symbolize long life.)
Oldest has gotten used to asking for one for a friend traveling overseas and has The Powerful Hand of God medal in his wallet.
K doesn't leave the house without having Han Solo in his messenger bag - somehow we decided, about twenty years ago, that K would always be safe with Han.

It's my maternal grandmother's fault. She was Catholic and I didn't realize it until I had children who could get sick, but she'd ask to 'bless them' with a saint from her pocket.
I like it on many levels -
it can't hurt to get a blessing
there's a tangible thing you can hold if you're worried
they are often interesting little objects.

Via Schott's Original Miscellany:

Patron Saints

Barbers..........................................................St Louis
Artists & Creatives......................................St Luke
Cobblers........................................................St Crispin
Florists..........................................................St Dorothea
Editors...........................................................St John Bosco
Sculptors.......................................................St Claude
Tailors...........................................................St Homobonus
Wine growers...............................................St Joseph
Pin makers....................................................St Sebastian
Lighthouse keepers.....................................St Venerius
Bee keepers..................................................St Ambrose
Speleologists................................................St Benedict
Gravediggers................................................St Anthony
Bakers...........................................................St Honoratus
Domestic servants......................................St Zita
Tax collectors..............................................St Matthew
Broadcasters................................................St Gabriel
Horses...........................................................St Giles
Dairymaids...................................................St Brigid
Taxi-drivers..................................................St Fiacre
Librarians.....................................................St Jerome
Pilgrims.........................................................St James
Singers...........................................................St Cecilia
Invalids..........................................................St Roche
Bricklayers....................................................St Stephen
Children.........................................................St Nicholas
Miners............................................................St Barbara
Syphilitics......................................................St George
Hoteliers........................................................St Julien
Diplomats......................................................St Gabriel

We're off to a first communion today.
I bought my nephew a military video game which everyone assures me he's allowed to play and a medal of St Michael, the patron of soldiers.

Comments

Paola said…
...in fact Santa Claus coem from St. Nicklaus from Northern Europe.
Which of course is St. Nicholas.
But I bet you knew this already...
Needless to say we all carry our Madonna and a couple of Saints with us...
Enjoy your party, I am sure it'll help shed some stress off your shoulders and neck.
robiewankenobie said…
i really got into saints in college. i often sent people off on their travels with st. christopher medals. one ex-boyfriend was gifted a particularly delightful antique st. christopher pocket alter. i'm still quite sad that christopher became de-sainted.

i feel about saints (as a ucc/quaker type) the same way i feel about those cloistered nuns and such. i think it is a wonderful thing that people out there are thinking, loving, and praying for me. having people i know carry around medals (which, like nuns, aren't exactly part of my religion) makes me feel like they have a tangible part of my heart on their journeys.

my mother on the other hand, is much more practical. on the way out the door at her house, you can rest your eyes on a beautiful icon of "saint basketcase."
Miz S said…
I like saints, too. Despite my fallen Catholic status and on again/off again atheism. Saints, candles, incense, stained glass. I love it all.
Paola said…
Uhhhh,
I just notices "les mois en fracais"...
trés jolie mais peut etre tu va les mettre en Italien aussi?
A tout a l'heure!
ssheers said…
The silver acorns don't set off the metal detectors in the airports, do they?
blackbird said…
ssheers - I don't think so - we empty them with our pocket change.
MizMell said…
How funny... I game Momo a St Michael which she wears on days she really feels like she needs the extra help (he protects her against the wickedness and sneers of the devil).
Pop wears St Christopher mostly.

I have a gold spider I wear. It is an old Indian symbol of good luck. My Granny was Cherokee.
Suse said…
I adore the teeny silver acorn you sent me. It sits on our nature table where I can see it every day.