Odd Patron Saints That’ll Protect You on St. Paddy’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t do any favors for those who love their bubbly a little too much. But don’t fear! St. Monica is here! Born as a Christian in 322 AD, St. Monica ended up marrying a bad-tempered, cheating pagan fella, whom she fervently prayed for. But thankfully, for her sake, he converted on his deathbed, and later, their wayward, partying son also changed his life for the better. But St. Monica was a compassionate wife and mother; she knew what it meant to struggle, as she was recovering from the bottle herself — hence why she became the patron saint to those engaged with the wrong “spirits.”

You can’t talk about St. Patrick’s Day without thinking of the repercussions to all that imbibing. But St. Bibiana has got your back (or more appropriately, your aching head). So if you end up staring down the abyss that is your toilet, give her a shout out and consider your hangover a first-world problem. Why? Because unlike you, Bibiana had a pretty miserable life. As legend has it, her parents were martyred, her sister suddenly fell dead, and Viviana was flogged to death and torn apart by wild animals. When she was buried, various herbs grew out from her grave, which helped with headaches, epileptic seizures, and the like.

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