Saints related to Patron-of-difficult-marriages

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  • St. Edward
    The son of King Ethelred, St. Edward was born in Islip, England in 1003. A.D. After Danish invaders took the English throne, St. Edward and his family fled and sought refuge in Normandy. He returned to England in 1042 and was proclaimed king.
  • St. Helen
    Saint Helen, often referred to as Saint Helena, was the mother of the great emperor Constantine. Known for her liberality, she built many churches and generously helped the poor. Because of her piety, she exerted a great influence over Constantine and he held her in high esteem.
  • St. Isabella of Portugal
    Isabella of Portugal was born in 1291 in the town of Aragon, Spain. She married the king of Portugal and suffered from an unfaithful and abusive husband. After the death of her husband, she became a Franciscan tertiary and remained at the monastery in Coimbra.
  • St. Louis
    Saint Louis was born in 1214 to King Louis VII and the saintly Queen Blanche. Greatly influenced by his mother, he was considered pious even from his youth. At age 22, he ascended to the throne and ruled France justly, helping the poor and promoting the Christian faith.
  • St. Monica
    St. Monica was born in 322 and raised Christian. She was married to a violent pagan, with whom she had three children, including St. Augustine. Her husband converted just before his death. St. Monica prayed for seventeen years for Augustine's conversion, and Augustine was baptized the year she died. She died after seeing her son baptized.
  • St. Rita
    St. Rita was married at any early age to an abusive husband for more than 18 years and had two sons by him. He was killed in a feud. Her two sons also died. After their death, she entered the convent in Cascia, where she lived until she died.
  • St. Thomas More
    Thomas More was born in 1478 in London, England. St. Thomas More spent the greater part of his life writing, primarily in defense of the Catholic church. His best known work is "Utopia", written in 1516. Henry VIII appointed him as the Lord Chancellor. He refused to show allegiance to the King as being the Head of the Church of England and was tried and convicted of treason. He was beheaded in 1535.