Each month a different member of the Trinity congregation prepares a few words which we hope that you will find interesting and thought-provoking.
Some people think of February as a depressing month - “February fill-dyke” as the old poem says. One bright spark in February is St Valentine’s Day – but who was he? Some sources state he is the patron saint of lovers, epileptics and bee-keepers, an interesting mix! A Roman priest who was martyred in the 3rd century, he was also a physician. According to legend, he signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter whom he had befriended and healed from blindness. Another common legend states that he defied the emperor’s orders and secretly married couples to spare the husband from war.
I have two favourite saints I call on, when in need.
St Anthony is the patron saint of lost things – useful when you mislay your keys or documents.
St Jude is the patron saint of lost causes, effective in myriad situations. Once I have handed over the issue, I can relax and think calmly, reducing my anxiety. I am sure this helps me focus on the solution. Perhaps this is an offshoot of mindfulness?
For those who like modern music, Florence and the Machine have a reflective song about St Jude. Its meaning has several levels including the storm of some months ago. You can hear it on https://youtu.be/CSS7YY_mg4Q
Not sure about saints? You can always pray direct to our heavenly Father or to our Lord Jesus Christ. They are available 24/7, always ready to listen.