I am very interested in saints and have a very large collection of books about saints, but I don't retain information so well, so I constantly have to refer to all my books. There are several questions I have: some saints are the "patron saint of..." and then it will list 5 or 6 different things, and some of them overlap. How do you know which saint is best for a particular situation? I read one book and it says one thing, and I read another book and it talks about a completely different saint.
Also, I am looking for the patron saints of a few personality traits/qualities, and I can't find the answers. A lot of times they are just listed under a synonym that I did not think of. Could you help? I will list the traits here: Empathy, Charity (not as in charities, or charity workers, but charity as in the personality trait - faith hope and charity), Hope, Loyalty, Faith, Bravery/Courage, Naivety, Innocence, Wisdom, Healing, Dreams/Imagination, Resilience.
And this is the last part of my questions. I often refer to the Patron Saints Index on Catholic Forums, which I assume is reputable, but how can they have the patron saint of the Green Bay Packers, or the Patron Saint of the Girl Scouts - how can they be so specific?! About modern things?
I know this is a lot to ask, but I really hope you can help!
Thanks for the question.
Typically certain Saints are remembered for something in their life; perhaps negative things from before the time of their conversion, and then positive things from some help they gave to a particular thing for which they are remembered. I would say that the "best" Saint for a particular situation would be that you feel some special affinity or attraction for something about the Saint. Then you ask that Saint to pray for you and with you.
I don't have any practical tips for you on how you could better search for the traits and qualities of a Saint such as their Faith, Hope, and Charity.
Lastly, sometimes people attribute something to a Saint's patronage that may not necessarily be something "officially" promoted by the Church.
I hope this helps!
Fr. Timothy Johnson