My Lenten penance of the day stems from this question from a reader:
I do have a saint question; I ran across the name St. Blybig in a book. I have not been able to find any information about him/her. Can you help?
What book? It wasn't Grimm's Fairy Tales or Dr. Seuss, was it?
There are many obscure saints, saints that are only known in certain countries, cities are areas. Perhaps there is a St. Blybig. I can't find him. Or her.
Here's hoping he isn't a dog.
Are you sure you got the spelling right? It wasn't a joke? St. Twoply? St. Bestbuy? St. Captainbly?
Nothing frustrates me more than not being able to find information on a saint. Sometimes, even if you find the saint in the annuls of saintly history, you'll only find some iffy dates and a word, like "martyr" or "bishop".
Poor St. Blybig, if there is one, doesn't even get that much. I do have a suggestion for you, though. If you ever turn to St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes, you might consider switching over to St. Blybig (if he exists).
The whole reason St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes, is because he really hardly know anything about him at all. Someone, somewhere at some time decided, "Hey! No one knows anything about him, so not many people are likely to pray for his intercession, so he must have a ton of eternity on his hands. Let' s give him the really tough ones!"
Certainly, that would also be true of St. Bigboy, I mean Blybig.
I'll be interested to hear if any of my readers can find him. We'd better have a chat with St. Anthony.