Your little boy will hopefully always find his way with this patron saint of travel by his side. Believed to have been extremely tall, this 3rd-century saint was said to have carried the Christ child across a dangerous river. The name actually means "Christ-bearer," so it would be a most meaningful name for any baby boy.
Justin, celebrated on August 1
Very little is known about St. Justin of Paris other than the fact he was a child martyr who died at the end of the 3rd century at the Louvre in Paris. However, the meaning of the name is perfect for a son whom you hope to be "just, fair, and righteous."
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St. John, celebrated on August 4
The 19th-century patron saint of parish priests, John Vianney, was known for his skills as a confessor. Thousands flocked to him and would line up for hours so he could hear their confessions. The Curé d'Ars, as he was known, would spend up to 16 hours a day in the confessional in the summer. Of course, there are many other saints called John, which in Hebrew means "Yahweh is gracious."
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St. Dominic, celebrated on August 8
The founder of the Dominican order died in the 13th century after leading a life devoted to God. He undertook strict fasting and went without even the tiniest of luxuries. His order was instrumental in the use of the Rosary "for making perfect the life of its members and obtaining the salvation of others," according to Pope Pius XI.
Blane, celebrated on August 11
This 6th-century Scottish saint spent 7 years of his life in Ireland studying to become a monk. When he returned home to Scotland, he became a missionary and eventually became a bishop. Tradition has it that he performed miracles. This Celtic name means "slender," although the saint was also known as Blaan, which means "yellow."
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St. Maximilian, celebrated on August 14
Maximilian Kolbe was the well-loved Franciscan who sacrificed his life for another prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, all while giving comfort to other prisoners condemned to die with him. He was described by Pope John Paul II as a "martyr of charity." With a name that means "greatest," your little Max may take inspiration from this great saint.
St. Roch, celebrated on August 16
Certainly a more unusual name, pronounced Rock, but one given to a popular French saint to whom many miracles have been attributed. He could have had a privileged life governing the city of Montpelier in France, but chose to go on a pilgrimage to Rome, where he ministered to those sick from the plague. Once back in his native Montpelier, he was arrested for espionage and died in prison, never revealing his true identity.
St. Louis, celebrated on August 25
This only canonized king of France was known for his moral integrity. He served the poor as much as the rich and was instrumental in bringing stability to his kingdom. Louis IX was so fair that he introduced the notion of presumption of innocence in criminal proceedings. Meaning "famous warrior," Louis is a name given to 18 French kings and a number of saints, so your son would be in great company.
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Augustine, celebrated August 28
St. Augustine of Hippo was a bishop and Doctor of the Church whose life took an incredible turn from one full of vices to one of complete devotion to God. His impressive written works (with over 5 million words surviving) created a theological style that provided the cornerstone of Latin Christianity. Any little Auguste or Gus would be lucky to bear the name of such an eminent Christian.
Aidan, celebrated August 31
This Irish saint who died in the 7th century was known for his miracle working. St. Aidan was pious at a young age, and during his long stay at St. David's monastery in Wales, he managed to fight off Saxon attacks in some miraculous form. On his return to Ireland he founded a monastery in Wexford, which attracted many due to Aidan's miracles. With a name meaning "fiery," maybe your own little Aidan will be a real character!