With the courage to fight Satan, there's no one mightier than the leader of all angels and head of the army of God to offer protection to those in the armed forces. In Hebrew his name means "Who is like God," which is also his battle cry -- one worth adopting when you need a little courage.
Police - St. Jude
While members of the police can certainly count on St. Michael the Archangel, they can also look to St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of desperate cases (and of course lost causes, so he's handy for finding criminals too!). He encourages the faithful to continue their path, even in the most difficult of circumstances.
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Firefighters - St. Florian
After refusing to execute Christians during the Diocletian persecutions, this Roman soldier, who led fire brigades, faced execution by fire. Unfazed by his impending death, he goaded the executioner to light the fire saying: "If you do, I will climb to heaven on the flames." As a result he was scourged and drowned instead. Such bravery makes him a perfect patron saint for firefighters.
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Lumberjacks - St. Gummarus
In terms of civilian work, loggers have one of the most dangerous jobs, with 132 people dying out of every 100,000. With such risk, turn to this peaceful Belgian saint, who did his best to change his difficult wife and eventually became a hermit.
Roofers - St. Vincent of Saragossa
Working on house tops, sometimes in extreme heat, roofing is a perilous job that can lead to serious injuries. Seek the aid of this Spanish saint who underwent horrific torture -- including racking, having his flesh torn, and being burned on a steel frame -- for his faith. With his body in pieces he still managed to sing hymns of praise.
Truck drivers - St. Christopher
Carrying goods from city to city, or state to state, is a perilous occupation. Luckily truck drivers can rely on the intercession of St. Christopher who, as tradition has it, carried the Christ Child to safety across a river. Hang a St. Christopher medal from your mirror for reassurance that the 3rd-century saint is protecting you on your journey.
Taxi drivers - St. Fiacre
This may not seem a risky profession, but giving rides to strangers, especially perhaps in the middle of the night, leaves drivers open to accidents and physical attacks. For protection, call on St. Fiacre, an Irish priest and gardener from the 7th century, who became a patron for those riding in horse-drawn carriages in Paris.
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Construction workers - St. Thomas the Apostle
Although known more as "Doubting Thomas" for a moment of weakness, the Apostle eventually expressed such strength of belief that he was willing to die at Jesus's side. His bravery makes him a patron saint for those in the building industry, who not only put their lives at risk, but are trying to construct something for the good of others.
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Farmers and Ranchers - St. Isidore the Farmer
Farmers and ranchers have pretty dangerous jobs that can lead to death or serious injury. St. Isidore, a Spanish saint, was admired for his daily devotion to God while working relentlessly in the fields, making him a perfect intercessor for those in agricultural jobs.
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Pilots - St. Joseph of Cupertino
Flying a plane has its risks, so who better than a levitating 17th-century priest to have as patron saint of aviators? Known as the "flying friar," St. Joseph of Cupertino would only come back down to earth when ordered to do so by his superiors.
Fishers - St. Peter
Being out on the seas can be exceptionally dangerous, especially when caught in extreme weather conditions. So look no further than the intercession of the first pope and humble fisherman, St. Peter, for protection.