Statues and The Saints They Represent
Saints are models for us in our faith. In union with Christ and filled with his Spirit, they led lives of heroic virtue rooted in faith, hope, and love. Statues of saints serve to honor them and to remind us of the sacrifices they made in living a holy life. We also use these statues in our prayers as we ask the saints to intercede for us. Full of Grace gift shop in Amite offers several statues of saints. Although Mary, the Blessed Mother, is well-known, others are less so. Here are the stories of four of them.
St. Michael, the archangel, is described in the book of Revelation, as the one who will wield the sword of justice to separate the righteous from evil. His name means "One Who Is Like God." He has been invoked for protection several times throughout the history of the church including during the Great Plague of Rome in 590. A statue of St. Michael would encourage anyone who is anxious about the ultimate victory of good over evil.
Saint Benedict of Nursia
St. Benedict was a 5th-and 6th-century saint. Born into a wealthy Roman family, he left that life and sought quietness in Enfide. He later became a hermit there, and the abbot of its monastery. However, the monks there tried to poison him; he returned to his cave and later founded other monasteries. He is famous for his Rule, developed for communal life in the monasteries and often used by ordinary people who seek to better balance work and prayer. Obalates of the Order or anyone who strives to live under a Rule of Life would treasure his statue.
Saint Francis of Assisi
St. Francis, born in 1181, grew up wealthy and lived a life vice in his youth. He started out on the Fourth Crusade but before he had traveled a full day from Assisi he had a dream in which God told him that he was not doing what he was called to do and to return home. Francis returned home, spent time alone and prayed. As he was praying in a church, he heard Christ on the crucifix say, "Repair My Church" Francis interpreted this literally and took fabrics from his father to repair that church building. This act was regarded as theft and Francis was required to renounce all his riches. After that, Francis went about in rags, sleeping in nature and preaching about repentance. He founded the Franciscan order, He believed that all of creation, including animals, were his brothers. A statue of St. Francis is appropriate for anyone who loves creation or whose ministry is as a friend of the poor.
Saint Peregrine Laziosi
St. Peregrine, born in 1260, is the patron saint of cancer patients. He was scheduled to have his leg amputated because of cancer. On the night before surgery, as he was praying, he had a vision of Christ coming down from the cross to heal his leg. His leg was completely healed. Those who have cancer or other serious illnesses would treasure a statue of St. Peregrine.