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A part we often forget about saints is that they were also imperfect humans. Many of them had addictions and made mistakes before finding their calling. I am sure many of them prayed about their weight and health.
Just found this feed. GREAT topic! Now will add these saints to my daily prayers.
Yesterday I found a Novena to St. Martha to help me be a better domestic diva regard to housecleaning, my most dreaded duties as a wife/mother. Dishes and laundry are okay, but other chores I dread.
I so love this team and go here first when I do get a chance to look for encouragement. Thanks, Catholic Critters!
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Wow...thanks, everyone! I've now got a great prayer and at least three saints to pray to plus our Blessed Mother and, of course, Jesus! I could probably also add praying to St. Jospeh since I am a father, and I realize that my over-eating could have negative ramifications for my children such as being poor example of healthy living or dying of a heart attack because of my neglect.
The bit about St. Thomas cutting a semi-circle on the table was pretty wild. I had never heard that. But it did remind me of restaurants I've been to where the booth seats are really far from the table. Fortunately, I can get into the booths comfortably, but sometimes I have the opposite problem of not being able to use the back cushion since the table is so far away.
Edited by: SKINNYELEPHANT at: 8/8/2008 (16:23)
The other day I came across this quote in my Daily Catholic Devotional Bible:
It is almost certain that excess in eating is the cause of almost all the diseases of the body, but its effects on the soul are even more diastrous.--St. Alphonsus Liguori
Maybe St. Alphonus would be a good person to ask for help since he understands the ramifications of this excess!
Jennifer, thank you for finding the prayer. I never thought about praying to St. Monica about weight control, but it sure makes sense.
St. Anthony of Padua (another doctor of the Church) is supposed to have been overweight, but all of his statues show him as thin. I didn't have time to do more in-depth research, so I don't know where the evidence lies, but praying to St. Anthony is never a bad thing.
I googled this, and came up with a few options for a patron saint:
(I cut and pasted from other websites)
It's just an odd observance of mine, but I don't think I've ever seen a picture of an overweight saint... do you know of any? I'm curious now.
I was just looking to see if there was a patron saint of obesity, weight loss/problems, etc. because I thought it'd be good to have someone up there to help me while I try to lose weight for the Nth time. I couldn't find one. Perhaps I was just looking for the wrong term. Do you know of a patron saint for anything like this?
Ah, losing weight has been my new year's resolution since I was 10 years old, and THIS time... if it's going to be different I'll have to storm Heaven for it LOL.
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on February 15, 2004 Dear Rosa:
Yes, there are fat saints. In fact one of the most famous saints, a doctor of the Church even, was so fat that he cut a semi-circles into the supper table so he could get closer to the table to eat. Perhaps Thomas Aquinas would be a good one to choose concerning weight issues.
Bro. Ignatius Mary
Patron saint of difficult situations
Prayer to Saint Monica
(patroness of addiction & disappointing children)
Blessed Lord, Saint Monica was the mother of Saint Augustine and for many years prayed, cried, and did penances for her son. As a result, he became a Doctor of the Church and one of Her greatest theologians. She is the patron saint of alcoholics and other addictions, and children who disappoint their parents, so I ask her to pray for all those I know who are taking a long time finding a true relationship with You, especially those trapped by addictions. I also ask her to pray for all parents. Lord, give them signs of hope. And I offer up my sufferings as penances on behalf of those who most need Your forgiveness.
Saint Monica, pray for us. Amen.
from Daily Prayers with the Saints for the New Millennium, by Terry Ann Modica
Edited by: JMILTON67 at: 8/7/2008 (09:02)
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Congrats on your weight loss so far. Nice Job!
I'm not sure if there's a patron saint, but it seems that St. Thomas Aquinas would be a good one to ask for help, since he was overweight.
I don't really have a specific prayer for this, but one thing I remind myself is this ....
There's 2 types of people when it comes to eating. Those that live to eat and those that eat to live. And I want to intentionally choose which I am ;-)
Hope this helps some. Maybe others will have a better answer for you.
Have a great day.
Edited by: DAS92687 at: 8/7/2008 (07:42)
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I'm new here....hope this is the place to ask these questions...
Is there a patron saint for folks working on the weight issue? Also, does anyone have a special prayer they like to recite specific to losing weight or taking care of our bodies as holy temples?