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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

St. Forbes

Speaking of rich people, a loyal reader recently sent me this article. I'll go get a cup of coffee while you have a read.

Whatdya think?

I was very surprised. Of course, I'm in my own little world. Even the man from the Patron Saint Medal Shop surprised me. He said St. Jude and St. Rita were his most popular saints because they tackle the tough problems. I sell very few St. Jude medals and St. Rita is somewhat popular.

I can't keep Stella Maris, Mary Star of the Sea in the shop. What's the deal there? It is a very pretty medal. Is that it? Or are there way more sailors wives on the internet than we ever imagined.

I think my favorite part of the article is how they really thought outside the box, at least my box. I only think in terms of medals and car keys. Even though I often write about movies about saints and nuns, that was the last thing I would have thought to include in the Forbes Saints listings.

St. Joan of Arc! Of course! What a load of movies have been made about her!

Did they mention St. Joseph real estate kits? I have an endless parade of The Faithful who would swear by burying St. Joseph upside down in the front yard for a quick sale. They would swear by it, if they could swear.

By swear, of course, I mean "take an oath".

For a while there, I couldn't keep St. Dymphna in the shop and lately, it's been St. Genesius for some reason. I don't know if the customers are actors or attorneys or both. Is there a certain time of year that folks are taking the bar exam?

I have been continually surprised by the saints that sit around for awhile. For example, with the millions of IBS sufferers in the world, St. Charles Borromeo is rarely chosen. And for the gazillions of knitters and weavers on the world wide web, St. Blaise is a slow mover.

Perhaps I should change his listing to "H1N1", since he is also the patron saint of sore throats, and by extrapolation, colds and flu.

I also think that with the divorce rate as terrible as it is, St. Thomas More, the patron saint of blended families, would be a no brainer. Although, he wasn't divorced, he was a widower. He still was a champ at blending his old family with his new one.

But then, I'm sure my St. Helen's go out to more divorcees than archeologists.

Now that the whole Forbes Saints list has come to my attention, I believe far more research needs to be done. After all, they only checked some old box office receipts and one patron saint medal website. What about all the aspirin? They also need to gather data from these folks. (Click a picture to visit the site!)


JP said...


I sell saint medals through my small Catholic bookstore. I have never seen medals (the inexpensive kind, anyway) of some of the saints you mention.

Where on earth do you get them??

Of course if that's giving away a trade secret, I'll forgive you for not sharing.

Aaron said...

Have you considered offering the St. Isidore medal in a color other than pink? I'm not sure how many computer geeks are into hot pink medals. I'd probably buy a silver one.

Anonymous said...

Hee hee hee! I thought "The Messenger" was an awful movie! I only watched it because my roommate rented it and I got terribly confused: Every time Joan was (supposedly) seeing visions, she started breathing heavily and deeply, which made me wonder whether (according to the movie) she was divinely inspired...or just had bad asthma. Really, just avoid "The Messenger." Trust me on this one...

Anonymous said...

Forgive me Sister I haven't been here for a long time. I've been caring for my sister and her family during her cancer. She is terminal and in her final weeks. But that's not the reason I'm writing. My son is in grad school and one of his friends was raised Catholic, when she went to college the E-Frees got her to convert. My husband says they have a method to their madness. He says they have a regular process they use to undermine the Catholic faith, also abusing the fact that the student is away from family and home. What I need to know is what is the Catholic antidote? Thank you.

Unknown said...

Why, I am a sailor's wife, and yes there are a lot of us on the internet. ;-)

Gardenia said...

attorneys take the bar on the last tuesday in July each year. most state bar exams last two days. the Bar exam is also offered in December of each year. not sure which week.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog, Sister, but I seem to have signed up for the email feed that sends me all the comments that come to your blog - don't know how I did that but don't seem to be able to unsubscribe. HELP! If there's not a saint for that, can you unsubscribe me?

Thanks for your blog, and your help. Dawn H.

mph said...

Burying a statue of St. Joseph upside down in the garden just seems wrong, wrong, wrong! Especially the upside down bit. It's things like this that make me kind of embarrased to be a Catholic.

Sue said...

mph said : Burying a statue of St. Joseph upside down in the garden just seems wrong, wrong, wrong! Especially the upside down bit. It's things like this that make me kind of embarrassed to be a Catholic.

I agree with you 100%. Idle superstition, if you ask me.

My favourite saints are St Francis and St Anthony. They are so inspiring and they feel like real friends, I'm so fond of them. It makes me happy to think of them and how they lived their lives. St Anthony has never, ever let me down.

A few weeks ago, I saw a cat run out of a park into a busy stream of traffic. I couldn't bear to look, so I shut my eyes and prayed 'please, St Francis, please St Francis, please'. There was no screeching of tyres and when I opened my eyes there was no squashed cat either. As my eyes were shut, I don't know what happened. And I know St Francis isn't the patron saint of cats in traffic. But he was a friend who could help, and I think he did.

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