Patron of Barrel Makers
He was a Persian barrel maker who, together with his friend Saint Sennen, testified in the year 250 or so his faith in Christ by spitting publicly on pagan idols. They were thrown to the lions and tigers and bears, but the savage creatures declined to harm them. Whereupon gladiators hacked them to death.
Andrew Bobolaâ€”May 21
A young Polish Jesuit, Andrew Bobola was tortured to death by savage Cossacks near Pinsk in 1657. When he continued to cry out the names of Jesus and Mary, they extracted his tongue through the back of his head.
Justus and Pastorâ€”August 6
When word reached these two schoolboys, aged 13 and 9, that their fellow Christians were being executed, they threw down their textbooks and rushed to the site to profess their faith, whereupon they joined the ranks of the Glorious Martyrs of Spain, at Alcala, in 304.
Patron invoked against colic
This 15-year-old Christian lad was martyred at the Palestrina in 275. He was beaten, jailed, starved, had hot coals dropped on his head, was hung upside down over smoke, and then had boiling water poured over his abdomen (which accounts for the colic connection). When he continued not only to live, but to praise the Lord, the governor, Antiochus, fell off his throne in a fit and died. Emperor Aurelian himself then ordered the faithful and courageous boy decapitated. No fewer than 5 complete skeletons of this Saint are venerated throughout Italy.
- From Saints Preserve Us! (Everything You Need To Know About Every Saint You’ll Ever Need) by Sean Kelly and Rosemary Rogers