In the Catholic religion, there are more than 10.000 Catholic saints. Among the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Communions, the numbers may be even higher, since there is no fixed process of canonisation and each individual jurisdiction within the two Orthodox communions independently maintains parallel lists of saints that have only partial overlap. There is a Catholic Saint for practically each day of the year and these are referred to as the Feast Days. What is the origin and meaning of Feast Days? Most saints have specially designated feast days which are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint’s feast day. The Catholic Saint’s feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths,at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.
As time passed, practically every day of the year had at least one saint who was commemorated on that date, a Saint of the day. Throughout history, many saints have become traditionally viewed as patrons of various illnesses, people and places. Here are some of the most unusual patronages held by a Catholic saint. Saint Hubert of Liege is the patron saint of mad dogs. Hubert was passionately devoted to hunting. While hunting a stag, he had an epiphany of a crucifix between its antlers. When his wife died soon after this incident, he studied for priesthood. His association with the hunt led to his patronage of furriers and trappers, and against rabies and bad behaviour in dogs, primarily hunting dogs. Saint Monica is the patron saint of alcoholics. She prayed constantly for the conversion of her husband and her son. She was the spiritual student of Saint Ambrose of Milan, and was herself, a reformed alcoholic. Hence her patronage of alcoholics.
Believe it or not, even the Internet has its patron saint. St. Isidore of Seville is the saint in charge with Internet. He was a teacher, founder, and reformer, as well as a prolific writer. He was proclaimed Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedicts XIV in 1772 and became the leading candidate for patron of computer users and the Internet in 1999. St Polycarp is the patron saint against dysentery. During his life, he was a revered Christian leader during the first half of the second century. These are just some of the strangest and most interesting Catholic Saints.