St. Timothy - Why is He the Patron of People with Stomach Problems?
The book represents the two books
in the Bible named after him:
1 Timothy & 2 Timothy
The cope (cloak), crosier (staff), and mitre (hat)
symbolize how he became a bishop
(of ancient Ephesus [Turkey]).
St. Timothy's Feast Day - January 26
It's so very intriguing to ponder how some saints got their patronages. Some are obvious; for example, The Three Wise Men are patrons of travel. And others are less obvious ... St. Matthias, the apostle who replaced Judas is the patron of tailors (hmmm...). St. Timothy's patronage of stomach-problem sufferers might make many wonder. However, there is a short verse in Paul's Second Letter to Timothy which could be the reason for this patronage:
Stop drinking only water, but have a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
- 1 Timothy 5:23
Of course research is pretty clear nowadays that wine can have many health benefits (unless, of course, you suffer from alcoholism), including improving the state of your gut. Paul was evidently ahead of his time!
Tim's Wine Market
As much as I'd like to think this wine market in Florida was deliberately named after St. Timothy, I suspect the name is coincidental (a nice coincidence, however!), for the owner's name is Tim. :)