I have decided that I will take upon two Patron Saints. Saint Christopher, patron saint of travelers, and Saint Patrick patron saint of engineers.
According to legend Saint Christopher (lit. Christ bearer) was Offro, the son of a heathen king of Canaan, of the 3rd century. Once a man he resolved to only serve the strongest and the bravest and bounded himself to a mighty king and to Satan but left dissatisfied with their strength as the former feared even the name of the devil and the latter feared the sight of the cross. In search now of a worthy master he came across a hermit who advised him to offer his allegiance to Christ and upon that moment he was baptized in the Faith and henceforth named Christopher.
However Christopher was adamant that he would do no fasting or praying, but willingly accepted the task of carrying people, for God’s sake, across a raging stream. It happened to be one day that he carried a child he became progressively heavier as Christopher waded further in the rapids to such an extent that Christopher was feeling the weight of the World on his shoulders. Challenging this child for his identity the child replied that he was the Creator and Redeemer of the World. Upon crossing the stream the child commanded Christopher to plant his staff in the ground and the next day a miracle occurred turning the staff into a fruit bearing palm tree. Such a miracle spread throughout the land and converted many to the Christian faith much to the contempt of the prefect of that region, Dagnus of Samos in Lycia. Dagnus ordered Christopher’s arrest and after many torturous torments he was beheaded becoming a martyr.
I think Saint Christopher is an admirable and gutsy character for not only wanting to serve the strongest and thus withdrawing his service to a mighty king as well as Satan but also refusing to fast or pray for even Christ.
Saint Patrick’s story is lengthier as there is more known about him. His tale can be found here but I intend to condense it later.