Share the love this Valentine’s Day with some special cards featuring your favorite Lady Saints. Remembered through the centuries for their leadership, piety, and miraculous happenings, the sainted women of church tradition have gone before us in living as women of valor for Christ.
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Saint Phoebe is remembered for her shoutout in Romans 16:1-2 and for being the deaconess of the Church at Cenchreae, the port of Corinth.
She was praised by Paul, who recognized her for her assistance to him and to many others. It is believed that she was the one who carried Paul’s letter to the church in Rome.
Saint Abigail (also known as St. Gobnait or Deborah) is the patron saint of honeybees and beekeeping. She is credited with saving an entire town in Ireland from the plague through the use of her miraculous honey.
And in case you haven’t seen the memes, honeybees today are dying at an alarming rate due to environmental issues and disease. Be like St, Abigail and save the bees!
Saint Monica was known for crying and praying every night for the salvation of her son, St. Augustine of Hippo. After many years of her constant tears, he eventually reformed and himself became a saint.
Saint Wilgerfortis is remarkable for more than just her name. At the age of 14, her father told her she had to marry a pagan king. To thwart this unwanted wedding, she took a vow of virginity, and prayed that she would be made repulsive to ward off her suitor.
According to Christian tradition, her prayers were answered when she sprouted a beard, which ended the engagement. In anger, her father had her crucified, which led to her commonly being depicted as a bearded woman on a cross.
Saint Catherine of Siena was a Dominican philosopher, and theologian. She committed to chastity, cut her hair, and fasted to dissuade men from marrying her. One interesting episode from her life is her mystical marriage to Christ. In a vision, she saw Jesus give her a wedding ring of his own skin that she wore but was only visible to her.
Saint Xenia is the patron saint of St. Petersburg, Russia. She married a Russian military officer and began wearing his uniform after he died.
She was a “Fool For Christ.” The term implies behavior caused not by feeble-mindedness, but deliberate, provocative actions. She was often seen wandering the city, giving generously to the poor, and behaving with total abandon to the conventions of society.
Saint Joan of Arc was influential in the leadership of the Hundred Years’ War. She gained notoriety after taking part in a siege that ended nine days later. Later, she achieved many more victories and boosted the morale of the French forces. The English captured her and burned her at the stake.
Saint Junia was honored by Paul for her role as an apostle he held in great esteem. Her name in Romans 16:7 has been hotly debated by biblical scholars. Some claim the apostle was called Junias, instead of Junia to uphold the belief that only men can be called apostles. However, the name Junias does not occur in any records from the time period, while Junia was used frequently.
This occurred in the Middle Ages, thanks to the translations of Martin Luther. The view took root and the belief that Junia was a man began to prevail. Cultural values led to this assumption that has since been refuted by theologians and biblical scholars that point to the grammar of the text and the missing name Junias from historical documents as proof.
Share these Lady Saints with your favorite Galentine’s Day buddies and celebrate the storied history of female leaders in the Christian faith!