Hi Sister! I need your help with helping to choose a confirmation saint for my husband. Well, he needs your help. He's an artist, but also really into comic books. He's got really bad ADD, and has a hard time finishing things. He also is a revert and came to the Church a bit later in life though he was baptized Catholic. I thought Augustine would be great, but he's read about him and doesn't feel like they have a lot "in common." Any thoughts? A couple he could read up on would be great!
Yes! I would recommend St. John of God. He is one of my favorite saints, bouncing rootlessly from one thing to the next until he had a complete nervous breakdown. Then he became a hero. How's that for really bad ADD? He also came to the church later in life.
And! He sold holy cards. I know it isn't comic books, but they didn't have comic books back then. People don't seem as fascinated with holy cards these days, but when I was a child there was always a stock pile of them at the back of church and a pack of different ones from which to choose at every funeral. I still have a large collection left from everyone in our family who has gone to where the woodbine twineth.
The boys always liked the ones that were rather gruesome, like St. Lawrence being roasted, or St. Sebastian shot full of arrows. St. Bartholomew having his skin peeled off was a big hit.
Personally, I liked variety and gravitated toward action pictures, rather than a picture of some old saint with his head bowed, staff in hand, book in the other. I liked St. Mary Magdelene, draped over a big rock, praying for forgiveness. St. Rita with a heavenly light drilling a permanent hole in her forehead. Or if they were just going to stand there, at least be standing with something interesting. St. Lucy with her eyes on the plate. St. Catherine of Alexandria with her giant spiked wheel.
But I digress. If your husband likes comic books, he also likes heroes. St. John of God became a hero. He ran a makeshift hospital, begging to get the beds, blankets and equipment he needed. When it caught on fire, he carried out the patients and then went back in for the precious mattresses. As a result, he is also the patron saint of firefighters.
Quite a character, John of God. A great saint.