A list of patron saints for L.A. politicians

In the summer of 2020, just before FBI agents arrested Jose Huizar at his Boyle Heights home on charges of public corruption, the then Los Angeles councilman posted a picture of a saint on Instagram.

Santo Niño de Atocha is the patron saint with the big hats of the prisoners and the wrongly accused and of the Mexican state of Zacatecas, where Huizar was born and where my family is from.

Huizar’s public appeal to the Mexican baby Jesus to save him drew ridicule throughout Los Angeles. Now he’s back.

After a two-and-a-half year silence on Instagram, Huizar uploaded a picture of another Catholic saint on Sunday night.

Whatever prayers the disgraced politician offered to the Santo Niño did not work. His brother recently pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about receiving envelopes of money from the councilman and plans to testify against him.

This time Huizar chose St. Judas Thaddeus, the patron saint of the lost cases.

St. Jude, typically depicted as a bearded man with a flame above his head, wearing a white robe and green cloak, holding a staff in one hand and a medallion of Jesus in the other, is found throughout Southern California – on shirts, murals, window decals, statues, pendants and more.

Who knows if St. Jude will put up with Huizar’s screams. Also, there are other politicians in Los Angeles, Catholic and not, who need much divine help on Election Day and beyond.

I offer you the following saints:

Dorothee Day: The founder of the lay movement of Catholic workers is not yet a saint, although admirers have spent decades arguing her worth to the Vatican.

Known as an advocate for the poor and against the lazy rich, she once wrote a letter to a friend about the efforts of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers to offer low-cost health clinics and community kitchens on their Forty Acres property.

“How many families of peasants could be set up in this way during this long struggle on church lands,” she wondered, before continuing, “Forgive me for being so arrogant, but the words of Christ are so clear—’Sell Use what you have and give to the poor.'”

How many times has LA mayoral candidate Karen Bass hinted that her opponent, billionaire developer Rick Caruso, should do the same?

Worker Catholic hippie kitchen in Los Angeles

Matt Harper is the organizer of the Hippie Kitchen on Skid Row, run by Los Angeles Catholic Worker, which feeds the hungry three times a week.

(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

St. Monica: The city of Santa Monica is named after her, and Caruso is a member of her community in — you guessed it! – Santa Monica. She is the patron saint of mothers, best known for shedding many tears over her son St. Augustine during his wayward years.

Caruso’s campaign was one giant weep-athon across the state of Los Angeles. He hopes his tears – dried with over $100 million in campaign spending – will be enough to convert Angelenus to his cause, just as Augustine eventually became a Catholic.

St. Simeon Stylites the Elder: This Syrian ascetic climbed a pillar with a tiny house on it in the 5th century. For over 30 years, St. Simeon inhabited ever taller pillars, the last of which is said to be at least 50 feet high.

Has anyone seen Councilor Kevin de León recently?

Virgin of Guadalupe: For generations, Mexican activists have carried their bright image in marches and protests on both sides of the border. This brown-skinned appearance of the Virgin Mary, Empress of America and Patroness of Mexico, also represents the power of syncretism as she is a combination of European and indigenous traditions.

May new councilor Eunisses Hernandez draw on it la guadalupanas Example and combine their progressive vote with that of the more moderate members to create a Los Angeles for all.

Virgen de Guadalupe in east Los Angeles

The annual procession of the Virgen de Guadalupe will take place on Cesar Chavez Avenue in East Los Angeles in 2021.

(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

St. Francis of Assisi: The patron saint of animals plays a big role in the race for the city guide. Paul Koretz has long used his position on the city council to advocate for animal welfare, with proposals that are smart (improving LA’s pathetic animal shelters) and not (mandating vegan options at major venues). First contestant Kenneth Mejia shows off his adorable corgis Killa and Kirby at every opportunity. I’m sure whoever wins wouldn’t blink if their salary came in nibbles.

St Kajetan: The patron saint of job seekers. Hey Eric Garcetti – what does the Ambassador to India look like?

St Joseph: The father of Jesus and a carpenter, he is the patron saint of workers. Both district 13 candidates, incumbent Mitch O’Farrell and challenger Hugo Soto-Martinez, identify with him. The former comes from a Teamster family while the latter is a long-time organizer of the workplace. Whoever wins will need the work of St. Joseph to rebuild the frayed council, whether from the left like Soto-Martinez or from whatever political position O’Farrell represents on any given day.

El Senor de Tlacolula: Many Oaxacan communities in Los Angeles publicly celebrate their patron saints with festivals and processions. One of the most famous centers on El Señor de Tlacolula, named after his hometown. Some of the best restaurants in Oaxaca in LA are run by Tlacolula natives. Bumper stickers modified so that the final “la” in “Tlacolula” looks like the LA on Dodgers caps are always a delight.

If ex-council president Nury Martinez — who peddled infamous anti-Oaxacan statements in a secretly taped conversation that ended her career — ever wants to return to public life, she should pray for his mercy and then ask El Señor’s worshipers for forgiveness request.

St Alfonso Liguori: St. Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of law enforcement, is depicted in Catholic art as slaying Satan. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva believes he does this every day.

Villanueva and his wife attend St. Alphonsus Church in East Los Angeles — my 100-year-old grandma’s home church, where his campaign filmed a commercial without permission from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He would do well to remember that St. Alfonso Liguori is the patron saint of… confessors.

Sheriff, what are your sins?

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-11-08/jose-huizar-st-jude-thaddeus-santo-nino A list of patron saints for L.A. politicians

Alley Einstein

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