I am going to honest and tell you that choosing a saint for this month was not an easy task. First there was really only one event that I knew of and it was the beheading of John the Baptist which I really didn’t feel inspired to write about. So about some internal battle I took the diplomatic route, closed my eyes, and pointed to one. So for this month we have St. Helena of Constantinople! In Greek she may be known as Helen.
Most of you probably know her as Constantine’s mother but she was also the driving force behind his conversion to Christianity and is supposed to have discovered the True Cross. The True Cross is the actual cross that Jesus was crucified on. She performed many acts of charity and built many churches in Rome in her day. Helena’s husband divorced her because she wasn’t up to his standards in political ranking but after his death when her son became emperor he brought her back into public life. She never remarried.
Her feast day is August 18th and her porphyry sarcophagus (which is the coffin that is believed to have held her remains) is actually at the Vatican Museum. She is the patron saint of a variety of things including: against thunder, against fire, difficult marriages, divorced people, converts, and archaeologists.