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Each medal comes with a card giving the history of the saint. The originals are carved in clay, then are cast in lead-free pewter. These charms can be added to a chain as a pendant or a keyring for a keychain.

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St. Andrew: Patron of Fishermen, Golfers, and Scotland
St. Andrew is the patron of golfers (and Scotland) because of his connection with the town of St. Andrews, birthplace of golf. Relics of the saint, who was a fisherman and one of the apostles, were brought to Scotland sometime before the 8th century and eventually enshrined at the medieval cathedral at St. Andrews. From the towers of the cathedral one can see the Old Course, and early histories of golf mention players entreating the saint for assistance as they played the windblown links. 1" diameter.
(Item #15239) $20.00
   
St. Bernadette of Lourdes: Healer
Bernadette (1844-79) was born into abject poverty and was uneducated. In 1858, while collecting firewood near Lourdes, she saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in a cave. Many were skeptical, but the visions continued for weeks and drew great crowds. In the midst of one vision, a spring began to flow where none had been. In 1866 Bernadette became a Sister of Notre Dame and remained in obscurity until she died. The site of her visions, however, became one of the greatest pilgrimage destinations of Christianity, attracting millions to the curing waters that came from her spring. 1.25" high
(Item #15268) $20.00
   
Chi Rho Cross: Symbol of Good Fortune/ Prosperity
The Chi Rho cross, one of the earliest Christian symbols, combines the first two Greek characters in Christ’s name: Χ (Chi) and Ρ (Rho). It is associated with good fortune and hope largely because of a story about the emperor Constantine: the night before the Battle of Milvian Bridge (in 312), Constantine dreamed of the symbol and heard a voice say, “In hoc signo vinces” (By this sign, you shall win). On waking, Constantine ordered his soldiers to put the cross on their shields. Constantine’s army then won the battle. The back of the medal contains the Greek letters alpha (Α) and omega (ω), the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, which are associated with Christ and are often combined with the Chi Rho cross. 1.5" high
(Item #15263) $20.00
   
St. Christopher: Patron of Travelers
According to legend, St. Christopher was a huge, powerful man who made his living carrying people across a river. One day one of his passengers was a child who grew increasingly heavy as Christopher walked through the water. The child eventually revealed himself as Christ (the name Christopher means Christ-bearer), his great heaviness caused by his having to carry the weight of the world. Because of this legend Christopher is the patron of travelers and motorists in particular. 1" diameter
(Item #15241) $20.00
   
St. Gregory: Patron of Teachers and Musicians
Gregory the Great (540-604), the first monk to become pope, was raised in a wealthy family but sold his extensive properties in 573, distributed his money to the poor, and began building monasteries. As pope he worked tirelessly to save Rome during times of plague, famine, and siege. He is the patron of musicians and singers because of his promotion of liturgical music: he was so influential musically that a branch of music (the Gregorian chant) is named for him. He is the patron of teachers largely because his written works set out clear instructions for pastoral care and teaching. Gregory emphasized that teachers should adapt their work to the needs of the poor and faltering and should set personal examples for those in their care. 1.25" diameter
(Item #15253) $20.00
   
St. Joan of Arc: Patron of Soldiers and France
St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret.

At first the messages were personal and general. Then at last came the crowning order. In May, 1428, her voices "of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret" told Joan to go to the King of France and help him reconquer his kingdom. For at that time the English king was after the throne of France, and the Duke of Burgundy, the chief rival of the French king, was siding with him and gobbling up evermore French territory.

After overcoming opposition from churchmen and courtiers, the seventeen year old girl was given a small army with which she raised the seige of Orleans on May 8, 1429. She then enjoyed a series of spectacular military successes, during which the King was able to enter Rheims and be crowned with her at his side.

In May 1430, as she was attempting to relieve Compiegne, she was captured by the Burgundians and sold to the English when Charles and the French did nothing to save her. After months of imprisonment, she was tried at Rouen by a tribunal presided over by the infamous Peter Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais, who hoped that the English would help him to become archbishop.

Through her unfamiliarity with the technicalities of theology, Joan was trapped into making a few damaging statements. When she refused to retract the assertion that it was the saints of God who had commanded her to do what she had done, she was condemned to death as a heretic, sorceress, and adulteress, and burned at the stake on May 30, 1431. She was nineteen years old. Some thirty years later, she was exonerated of all guilt and she was ultimately canonized in 1920, making official what the people had known for centuries. Her feast day is May 30. Joan was canonized in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV. 1.25" diameter (Item #15299) $20.00

    
St. John of God: Patron of Nurses and Other Hospital Workers
St. John of God (1495-1550) spent his youth as a shepherd, was a mercenary and debauchee, and then went through a brief period of insanity. In his 40s, he had a vision of the Infant Jesus, who called him John of God. To make up for the suffering he’d caused as a soldier, he rented a house in Grenada, Spain, and began to care for the sick and the poor. He gave away all that he had to the indigent and went so far as to carry, like Mother Teresa, the ill from the streets into his home, treating them with “infinite care and respect.” John founded the Order of Hospitallers. For these reasons he is the patron of nurses, the sick, especially heart patients, and all hospital workers. 1.25" diameter
(Item #15255) $20.00
   
St. Jude: Healer and Patron of Those in Difficult Times
Of the original twelve apostles, St. Jude is the one most commonly called upon in prayer. Jude has evoked considerable attention and even amusement over the years because of his association with “lost causes,” but there is, as millions know, a far more serious side to his patronage: Jude’s association with healing and bringing comfort to those in any type of difficult situation is one of the reasons so many hospitals and clinics have been named after him and why shrines to him are filled with symbols of his healing power of the body, mind, and spirit. 1.5" high
(Item #15295) $20.00
   
Julian of Norwich: Against Anxiety, “All Shall Be Well”
Julian, born in Norwich in 1342, was an anchoress who spent most of her life in a cell built into the wall of a church, praying and offering counsel to those who sought her advice. At a young age, Julian had a series of visions that she later transformed into a book called Showings. At one point in her visionary ordeal she became so ill she was given the last rites. But she survived to arrive at a profound theology of joy, mercy, and hope. Her most famous line in her book, which reveals that theology, is: “All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” The phrase–indicating that all events and things, no matter how seemingly trivial or painful, have meaning and point to an ultimate goodness–has offered solace and hope to many throughout centuries. This small medal, with the phrase engraved on the back, depicts Julian holding her cat (she is one of the patron of cats). 1.25" high
(Item #15294) $20.00
   
Julian of Norwich, Patron of Cats: Cat Tag
Julian, born in England in 1342, was an anchoress in the medieval city of Norwich. A medieval anchoress like Julian lived in a cell built into the wall of a church. Julian's function was to pray and to give counsel to any who sought her advice. Many medieval anchoresses kept cats as mousers, and a longstanding legend has it that Julian too had a cat in her cell. Cats, being great masters of stillness and contemplatives in their own right, would have been fitting companions for those who, like Julian, prayed for long hours. Julian died in 1416, and the site of her and her cat's cell is a place of pilgrimage to this day. 1" high
(Item #15292) $20.00
   
St. Lucy
A virgin and martyr of Syracuse in Sicily, whose feast is celebrated by Latins and Greeks alike on 13 December.

According to the traditional story, she was born of rich and noble parents about the year 283. Her father was of Roman origin, but his early death left her dependent upon her mother, whose name, Eutychia, seems to indicate that she came of Greek stock.

Like so many of the early martyrs, Lucy had consecrated her virginity to God, and she hoped to devote all her worldly goods to the service of the poor. Her mother was not so single-minded, but an occasion offered itself when Lucy could carry out her generous resolutions. The fame of the virgin-martyr Agatha, who had been executed fifty-two years before in the Decian persecution, was attracting numerous visitors to her relics at Catania, not fifty miles from Syracuse, and many miracles had been wrought through her intercession. Eutychia was therefore persuaded to make a pilgrimage to Catania, in the hope of being cured of a hæmorrhage, from which she had been suffering for several years. There she was in fact cured, and Lucy, availing herself of the opportunity, persuaded her mother to allow her to distribute a great part of her riches among the poor.

The largess stirred the greed of the unworthy youth to whom Lucy had been unwillingly betrothed, and he denounced her to Paschasius, the Governor of Sicily. It was in the year 303, during the fierce persecution of Diocletian. She was first of all condemned to suffer the shame of prostitution; but in the strength of God she stood immovable, so that they could not drag her away to the place of shame. Bundles of wood were then heaped about her and set on fire, and again God saved her. Finally, she met her death by the sword. But before she died she foretold the punishment of Paschasius and the speedy termination of the persecution, adding that Diocletian would reign no more, and Maximian would meet his end. So, strengthened with the Bread of Life, she won her crown of virginity and martyrdom.

This beautiful story cannot unfortunately be accepted without criticism. The details may be only a repetition of similar accounts of a virgin martyr's life and death. Moreover, the prophecy was not realized, if it required that Maximian should die immediately after the termination of his reign. Paschasius, also, is a strange name for a pagan to bear. However, since there is no other evidence by which the story may be tested, it can only be suggested that the facts peculiar to the saint's story deserve special notice. Among these, the place and time of her death can hardly be questioned; for the rest, the most notable are her connexion with St. Agatha and the miraculous cure of Eutychia, and it is to be hoped that these have not been introduced by the pious compiler of the saint's story or a popular instinct to link together two national saints. The story, such as we have given it, is to be traced back to the Acta, and these probably belong to the fifth century. Though they cannot be regarded as accurate, there can be no doubt of the great veneration that was shown to St. Lucy by the early church. She is one of those few female saints whose names occur in the canon of St. Gregory, and there are special prayers and antiphons for her in his "Sacramentary" and "Antiphonary". She is also commemorated in the ancient Roman Martyrology. St. Aldhelm (d. 709) is the first writer who uses her Acts to give a full account of her life and death. This he does in prose in the "Tractatus de Laudibus Virginitatis" (Tract. xliii, P.L., LXXXIX, 142) and again, in verse, in the poem "De Laudibus Virginum" (P.L., LXXXIX, 266). Following him, the Venerable Bede inserts the story in his Martyrology. 1.25" high (Item #15303) $20.00

    
Madonna del Ghisallo: Patron of Cyclists
Medieval legend says Count Ghisallo was one day chased by robbers, took refuge behind an image of the Virgin Mary, and was spared. A shrine at the site in northern Italy later became a spot where cyclists would rest and ask for assistance. In 1949, Pope Pius XII proclaimed Our Lady of Ghisallo the patron of cyclists. The site is now part shrine and part cycling museum. Services are held each Christmas Eve and on the Feast of All Souls to commemorate cyclists and their sport. 1" diameter
(Item #15243) $20.00
   
St. Martin of Tours: Patron of Horses and Their Riders
As a young man, Martin of Tours (b. ca. 316) became a cavalry officer in the Roman imperial army. The most famous story associated with Martin occurred while he was on horseback. The story is that Martin came upon a beggar who was nearly naked. Martin had nothing but the clothes on his back, so he took off his heavy officer’s cloak, cut it in half with his sword, and gave half to the beggar. Later Martin had a vision of Christ wearing the cloak. The story forever associated Martin with horses and generosity, and he thus became the patron of horses. 1" diameter
(Item #15249) $20.00
   
St. Michael: Patron of Soldiers, Policemen, Paratroopers
In the Old Testament (Dan. 10; 12), Michael is called the leader of the ranks of angels and the protector of the people. In the New Testament (Rev. 12:7-9), Michael and his angels fight a dragon–symbol of evil–and hurl him and his followers from heaven. Because of these and other references and associations, Michael has become the patron of soldiers and policemen and a figure who is appealed to for protection of individuals. While he is the patron of soldiers in general, he is more specifically also appealed to as the patron of paratroopers. 1.25" high
(Item #15296) $20.00
   
Our Lady of Prompt Succor: Patron of New Orleans and Procrastinators
A statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor was brought to New Orleans in 1810 by a French Ursuline nun. The statue was installed at St. Louis Cathedral and then moved to its current site uptown at Ursuline Academy. As British troops prepared to attack New Orleans in 1815 before the Battle of New Orleans, the Ursulines and citizens of New Orleans prayed all night for victory before the statue. That morning a courier burst in among them to announce the prompt American victory. Our Lady was also credited with saving New Orleans from the great fire of 1812. As a result Our Lady of Prompt Succor has become the patron of New Orleans and Louisiana. Because of the promptness of her intercessions, she is also the patron of procrastinators. 1" diameter
(Item #15252) $20.00
   
St. Peregrine: Patron of Cancer Patients and Those Cured of Cancer
St. Peregrine (1260-1345) was born wealthy and lived a dissolute early life. During a dispute, he struck St. Philip Benizi on the face. St. Philip turned the other cheek, and Peregrine converted. He joined the Servite order and for thirty years, as penance, lived and worked as much as possible in silence and solitude. Later in life, he developed skin cancer on his foot, was scheduled for surgery. He spent the night before the operation in prayer; had a vision of Christ healing him with a touch to his foot. Next morning, Peregrine was healed. Hundreds of miracles of healing have been attributed to Peregrine, who was canonized in 1726. 1.5" diameter
(Item #15254) $20.00
   
St. Roch, Patron of Dogs: Dog-Tag
When as a young man St. Roch (b. 1295) heard the plague had reached Italy, he walked from Montpelier to Rome to help the victims. While in Rome, Roch caught the plague. Believing he was soon to die, he went into the forest and began to pray and prepare himself for death. As he was in prayer, a dog came to him holding a piece of bread in its mouth. Roch took the bread from the dog. The dog licked the plague wounds on Roch's leg, and the wounds were healed. Roch ate the bread, and, brought back to wholeness by the dog and his gifts, he and the dog returned to Rome, where they worked to heal others and comfort the dying. The story demonstrates both the bond between humans and dogs and the power of each to heal and rejuvenate the other. 1.25" high
(Item #15279) $20.00
    
St. Rose of Lima
Virgin, patroness of America, born at Lima, Peru 20 April, 1586; died there 30 August, 1617.

At her confirmation in 1597, she took the name of Rose, because, when an infant, her face had been seen transformed by a mystical rose. As a child she was remarkable for a great reverence, and pronounced love, for all things relating to God. This so took possession of her that thenceforth her life was given up to prayer and mortification. She had an intense devotion to the Infant Jesus and His Blessed Mother, before whose altar she spent hours. She was scrupulously obedient and of untiring industry, making rapid progress by earnest attention to her parents' instruction, to her studies, and to her domestic work, especially with her needle.

After reading of St. Catherine she determined to take that saint as her model. She began by fasting three times a week, adding secret severe penances, and when her vanity was assailed, cutting off her beautiful hair, wearing coarse clothing, and roughening her hands with toil. All this time she had to struggle against the objections of her friends, the ridicule of her family, and the censure of her parents. Many hours were spent before the Blessed Sacrament, which she received daily.

Finally she determined to take a vow of virginity, and inspired by supernatural love, adopted extraordinary means to fulfill it. At the outset she had to combat the opposition of her parents, who wished her to marry. For ten years the struggle continued before she won, by patience and prayer, their consent to continue her mission.

At the same time great temptations assailed her purity, faith, and constance, causing her excruciating agony of mind and desolation of spirit, urging her to more frequent mortifications; but daily, also, Our Lord manifested Himself, fortifying her with the knowledge of His presence and consoling her mind with evidence of His Divine love. Fasting daily was soon followed by perpetual abstinence from meat, and that, in turn, by use of only the coarsest food and just sufficient to support life.

Her days were filled with acts of charity and industry, her exquisite lace and embroidery helping to support her home, while her nights were devoted to prayer and penance. When her work permitted, she retired to a little grotto which she had built, with her brother's aid, in their small garden, and there passed her nights in solitude and prayer. Overcoming the opposition of her parents, and with the consent of her confessor, she was allowed later to become practically a recluse in this cell, save for her visits to the Blessed Sacrament.

In her twentieth year she received the habit of St. Dominic. Thereafter she redoubled the severity and variety of her penances to a heroic degree, wearing constantly a metal spiked crown, concealed by roses, and an iron chain about her waist. Days passed without food, save a draught of gall mixed with bitter herbs. When she could no longer stand, she sought repose on a bed constructed by herself, of broken glass, stone, potsherds, and thorns. She admitted that the thought of lying down on it made her tremble with dread. Fourteen years this martyrdom of her body continued without relaxation, but not without consolation. Our Lord revealed Himself to her frequently, flooding her soul with such inexpressible peace and joy as to leave her in ecstasy for hours. At these times she offered to Him all her mortifications and penances in expiation for offences against His Divine Majesty, for the idolatry of her country, for the conversion of sinners, and for the souls in Purgatory.

Many miracles followed her death. She was beatified by Clement IX, in 1667, and canonized in 1671 by Clement X, the first American to be so honoured. Her feast is celebrated 30 August. She is represented wearing a crown of roses. 1.25" high (Item #15301) $20.00

     
St. Sebastian: Patron of Athletes
Because Sebastian, an officer in the Roman guards, practiced his Christianity openly, he was charged with worshiping a non-Roman God. He was tied to a tree, shot with arrows, and left for dead. But he recovered and went on practicing his faith. For centuries, artists portrayed Sebastian as an extremely fit, handsome young man tied to a tree and pierced with arrows. He became the patron of athletes because of his physical endurance (surviving the attempted martyrdom) and tenacity. 1" diameter
(Item #15244) $20.00
   
St. Teresa of Ávila: “Let Nothing Disturb You”
St. Teresa (1515-82) is one of the greatest Christian authorities on contemplation and prayer. She did much in the world of action (e.g., she was an excellent businesswoman), but it was in the interior world that she reached heights that few in Christian history have attained. Recognizing her gifts (her greatest work is the Interior Castle), the church named her a Doctor of the Church. Prayer for her was an intimate dialogue (encompassing anger, tenderness, and humor) with God. This dialogue also brought peace. Her most famous line is from a poem: “Let nothing disturb you./All things pass away./God never changes.”  Four letters, LNDY (Let Nothing Disturb You), are carved on the back, as a reminder of Teresa’s core message. 1.5" high.
(Item #15298) $20.00
   

 

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