Saint Luke the Evangelist is known as the patron saint of physicians and surgeons. But did you know that aside from the field of medicine where he is often associated with, St. Luke also lived a life that was centered on the field of visual arts and literature?
As a visual artist, St. Luke loved to paint images of the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus. In fact, his most popular work, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help icon, has been reproduced numerous times with copies distributed all around the world.
Likewise, St. Luke is also being acknowledged as a great author in the Catholic community. It comes as he was one of the traditionally ascribed authors of the canonical gospels—or the Four Evangelists. He authored both the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, and he actually wrote the majority of the text in the New Testament—over a quarter of it, to be exact.
In the New Testament, Luke is mentioned a few times. In Colossians 4:14, Pauline Epistle referred to him as a “physician,” a word that is based on a Greek term that means “the one who heals.” This is also the reason why St. Luke is often thought of as a mere physician and a disciple of Paul. (Read: 7 Inspirational Prayers From the Holy Bible)
Today, Catholics from around the world venerate him as St. Luke the Evangelist, patron saint of artists, physicians, bachelors, surgeons, students, and butcher. His feast day is celebrated today, the 18th of October.
Prayer to Saint Luke
Most wonderful St. Luke, you are animated by the Heavenly Spirit of Love. In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus, you also showed His divinity and His genuine compassion for all human beings.
May the Holy Spirit, instructor of the faithful, help me to understand Christ’s words and faithfully apply them in my life. Amen.
Saint Luke the Evangelist
O St. Luke, you were chosen to reveal in preaching and writing God’s love for the
poor. Moved by the heavenly Spirit of Love, you detailed the life of Jesus, showing His divinity and His genuine compassion for all human beings.
Help those who already glory in God’s name to persevere in one heart and one mind, and inspire all people that they may hear the Good News of Salvation. Amen.
A Physician’s Prayer to Saint Luke
Most charming and saintly Physician, you were animated by the heavenly Spirit of love. In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus, you also showed his divinity and his genuine compassion for all human beings. Inspire our physicians with your professionalism and with the divine compassion for their patients. Enable them to cure the ills of both body and spirit that afflict so many in our day. Amen.
Prayers from catholicfaithstore.com.