Hypatia – The Secular Patron Saint of Librarians

I’m not often jealous of religious people.  I mean, yes, they have a faith community that’s sometimes nice, and they have the whole “consolation of the afterlife” thing, but almost all of the time I’m fine accepting the reality with which I’m presented and not having to invent more of it in the form of fanfic.  However, one area in which I really do think that religious people have it figured out is that of saints, or specifically patron saints.

A patron saint in a religion like Christianity, and especially in its business wing the Catholic church is a figure who embodies entirely a particular place or a particular virtue, to the point where instead of praying to God about that thing you pray to the saint.  I think of them as being God’s cabinet, or maybe his collection of regional vice presidents.  A form of heavenly middle management.  So, if you’re having a problem getting online, you drop a quick prayer to Saint Isidore, patron saint of the Internet, and… well, let’s be honest, bugger all will happen but you might feel better about the bugger all that’s happening.

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