A patron saint is a faithful person who has died, gone to heaven, and now prays for people on Earth. Each patron saint specializes in helping people with particular types of concerns. Believers say that God regularly performs miracles through patron saints when people pray to them. They also say that patron saints show people how God will do something extraordinary when ordinary people make time to develop close relationships with God. Each patron saint (except for the few archangels who also serve as saints) was an ordinary person whose close relationship with God invited God to work through him or her in extraordinary ways -- by performing miracles.