By Jason Boyett, author of "Pocket Guide to Sainthood"
Though many of them lived centuries ago, the saints maintain a visible presence in contemporary society. We name cities, hospitals, churches, and even our children after them. We even offer prayers to them, as particular saints are considered patrons of certain illnesses, professions, and situations—that's why devout Catholics ask for St. Anthony's help upon losing, say, their car keys. But how did these connections come about? How well do you know the stories behind patron saints and their patronages?
1. St. Brigid, the patron of dairy workers, once gave away an entire pail of milk to help a poor person. She was concerned her pagan father would be angry about the missing milk, so she asked God to help. According to legend, how did He intervene?
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