Patron Saint of Internet


In Spanish, "tecla" means the key  of a keyboard, and for this reason Santa Tecla (Saint Thecla) became the patron saint of e-mail users.  The trouble is that only in Spanish does "tecla" have this meaning.  Moreover, the saint did not seem appropriate to e-mailers. Here is a note about her: First Woman Evangelist.  Thecla was the first woman evangelist in the Church. She came from a very wealthy and honorable pagan family in Iconium (Greece in the past, Turkey today). She was very well-educated in the pagan philosophy and poetry. At the age of 18 her father arranged an engagement between Thecla and Thamyris, a pagan prince.  When Saint Paul left Antioch and began evangelizing Christ in Iconium, Thecla listened to his teachings and converted to Christianity and became one of his first students. She renounced marriage and devoted her life as a virgin for Christ.  When Thecla’s family and fiance knew that she had converted to Christianity and had dedicated her life as a virgin for Christ, refusing to many, they reported her to the governor who ordered that she be burned at the stake. When the fire was lit, Thecla walked courageously toward it, making the Sign of the Cross. Suddenly a strong wind blew and heavy rain poured down that extinguished the fire. People were frightened and went home, and Thecla was not harmed.  R H: That was a close call. I can never remember what help particular saints provide.  Is Saint Thecla the one who helps people find lost objects?

Be that as it may, Alejo Orvañanos repots from Mexico that a poll was taken to select the patron saint of e-mailers, and that Sint Gabriel beat Thecla by a whisker.  Gabriel is much more appropriate and the name is not linked to the Spanish language.  She is very appropriate for this age of globalization.  The question is: who makes her new role official?

We discussed saints, in particular Saint Thecla, Santa Tecla, patron of computer people in the Spanish-speaking world, since tccla in Spanish means the key of a keyboard.  Joe Listo of Brazil says "tecla" has the same meaning in Portuguese. We also discussed the saint who helps to find lost objects- Joe explains: I think the saint who helps people find lost/misplaced objects is Saint Longino , who was an Italian priest canonized by the Vatican years after his death. In Brazil, it is quite common to see people asking Saint Longino to help them find whatever they may be looking for. However, they must promise him they will jump three times on their feet if the object is found.
RH: I suppose they jump for joy.  I thought it was another saint who helped find lost objects, so I consulted
NM Santos--Saints by Name
... soldiers, Santiago, San Longino. sorrow, NS de Dolores. spelunkers, San Benito.
spinsters, Sta Catherine de Alexandria. stamp collectors, San Gabriel ...
nmsantos.com/cgi-bin/shop.pl/page=santoslist2.htm - 94k - Cached - Similar pages
I was overwhelmed. There is an enormous number of saints, and each one is the patron of a profession or a provider of help for certain problems such as losing something.  Consult the list and you will find what saint is protecting you or willing to provide help if you are in trouble.  Fred Hansson will be glad to know that he is protected by Saint Gabriel, who might object to having thrust on him the additional job of protecting computer people. Saint Longino is listed as a patron saint of soldiers, a job he shares with the Moor-killer Santiago.  Since that is only a half-time jon, he must have time to help`people find lost objects.

Ronald Hilton 2005

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