I had a customer over at the shop fuss at me the other day. Well, not at me. At least, not about me. She was fussing about saint extrapolation. I was explaining to her why St. Blaise is the patron saint of knitters, which is admittedly a bit of a stretch. He was tortured with wool combs. Wool combs=wool=knitting.
Kind of like six degrees of Kevin Bacon. Yes, I've heard of that little game. In fact, I am only two degrees from Mr. Bacon myself as I know a woman who went to college with his wife. Indeed, our entire parish enjoys this distinction. But I digress.
Specifically, she had difficulty understanding why the Church would think that saints who had suffered because of something would have an affinity for that thing. Which brings us to today's question from a reader:
I have eye trouble (i.e. myopia, bad eyesight)...please do help me find a patron saint to pray to!
The official patron saint of eye problems is St. Lucy. As far as we know, she had no eye or vision problems. She did, however, lose her eyes, either because she pulled them out herself or someone did it for her. In one version of her story, losing her eyes is part of her tortured martyrdom. In another version (the version I always thought was hard cold fact), she pulled out her own eyes because her would be boyfriend, who was the reason she was in prison in the first place, had once admired them.
Saints undergoing martyrdom often react defiantly.
I can understand how that story, either version, just doesn't really work for someone who has eye problems. But there is a bit more to St. Lucy. Her feast day is a festival of light in some countries, light as in the way Jesus is the Light of the World. And you need light to see.
So, you see, you're not going to escape St. Lucy's eyeball influence, one way or the other.
If this just doesn't float your boat, you could try St. Vivenzio of Blera. He went blind, but had his sight restored so he could fulfill and instruction he had gotten from God in a dream.