A few days ago, Lucia drew a picture of St. Zita, finder of lost keys, St. Anthony, finder of lost objects, and God:
Bede said, "I wonder how God feels about being smaller than Zita and Anthony."
I replied, "God likes to keep a low profile."
Bede sent me an interesting blog post from Making Light about St. Barbara, whose feast day was December 4. Teresa, the author of the blog, writes,
Barbara is the most volatile of the Three Explosive Virgin Martyrs,* who form the core lineup of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.* She’s most often shown as a beautiful young woman holding a tower that has three windows. The other two EVMs are Saint Catherine of Alexandria, as in Catherine-wheel fireworks, and Saint Margaret of Antioch, who defeated a dragon that had swallowed her by blowing it up from the inside,* which is why Margaret is the patron saint of women in labor. They hang out being ahistorical and irrepressible together.
St. Barbara sounds pretty cool, but I must admit I'm intrigued with St. Margaret of Antioch. When I was pregnant with Lucia, she was two weeks overdue, and we had to go to dramatic measures to bring her into this world.