The richness of the Catholic faith is deepened by the witnesses we recognize in heaven, the Church Triumphant, praying for their brethren on Earth. There has been some need in our family to invoke the intercession of some saints whose patronage includes vision and eye health that are worth sharing. Looking to alleviate eye and vision troubles for either you or a loved one? Look into some of the saints below!
St. Lucy – December 13
Lucy is a virgin and martyr whose Latin name, Lucia, is rooted with the meaning light. Lucy was tortured and killed during the Diocletianic Persecution of Christians (the last and most severe of Christian persecutions in the Roman Empire) for refusing an arranged marriage to a wealthy pagan man.
“…whatever you give away at death for the Lord’s sake you give because you cannot take it with you. Give now to the true Savior, while you are healthy, whatever you intended to give away at your death.”
-St. Lucy explaining to her mother why she was giving her large dowry away to the poor
Lucy’s powerful would-be fiancee denounced her to the Governor of Syracuse demanded Lucy be forced into sexual servitude at the brothel but when the guards were unable to move her, even with the help of oxen, she was ordered to have her eyes gouged and burn on a stake. They then bundled wood around her to set on fire but it wouldn’t burn. She met her ultimate death by way of sword after having her eyes removed. When her body was prepared for burial it was discovered that her eyes had been miraculously restored.
Devotions to St. Lucy
Prayer for healthy vision
Saint Lucy, whose beautiful name signifies ‘LIGHT’, by the light of faith which God bestowed upon you increase and preserve His light in my soul so that I may avoid evil, Be zealous in the performance of good works and abhor nothing so much as the blindness and the darkness of evil and sin.
Obtain for [enter name], by your intercession with God healthy eyes and the grace to use them for God’s greater honour and glory and the salvation of souls.
St. Lucy, virgin and martyr hear my prayers and obtain my petitions. Amen.
St. Hervé – June 17
This was a new saint to me. What a name…and what a story. From Wikipedia:
Also known as St. Harvey, Hervé was born blind and lived near Plouvien as a hermit and bard. His legend states that he had the power to cure animals and was accompanied by a domesticated wolf.
According to a legend, this wolf had devoured the ox or donkey Hervé used in plowing. Hervé then preached a sermon that was so eloquent that the wolf penitentially begged to be allowed to serve in the ox’s stead. Hervé’s wolf pulled the plow from that day on.
He was joined by more disciples and refused any ordination or earthly honor, accepting only to be ordained as an exorcist.
St. Leodegarius – October 2
From Catholic Online: Benedictine bishop and martyr. He was educated at Poitiers, France, and in 653 became abbot of St. Maxentius. When King Clovis II died, Leodegarius assisted the regent, Queen Bathildes, and became bishop of Autun in 659. Erchinoald, the mayor of the royal palace, had Leodegarius imprisoned, blinded, and murdered. Leodegarius is revered in France as St. Leger.
St. Raphael – September 29
Admittedly, Raphael is overlooked by me too often in comparison to the other named archangels, Gabriel and Michael. But he has a biblical story in why he is a patron to sight; quoting from Catholic Online:
Disguised as a human in the Book of Tobit…travels alongside Tobit’s son, Tobiah. Once Raphael returns from his journey with Tobiah, he declares to Tobit that he was sent by the Lord to heal his blindness and deliver Sarah, Tobiah’s future wife, from the demon Asmodeus. It is then that his true healing powers are revealed and he makes himself known as “the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord” Tobit 12:15.
The demon Asmodeus killed every man Sarah married on the night of the wedding, before the marriage could be consummated. Raphael guided Tobiah and taught him how to safely enter the marriage with Sarah.
Raphael is credited with driving the evil spirit from Sarah and restoring Tobit’s vision, allowing him to see the light of Heaven and for receiving all good things through his intercession.
There are even more saints than these who are called upon to pray for those with eye problems. But these are some great names to have in your back pocket for your daily prayers and devotions to help yourself or a loved one who has vision or eye health problems either find healing or grace to accept it.
Thanks be to God for our diverse, dynamic, and downright awesome family in heaven watching over us. ☩