Ultima Thule

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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

St. Peregrine

By BonnieBlueFlag

Saint Peregrine is the patron saint of those who have cancer. His Feast Day is Wednesday, May 4th.

He was born in Forli, Italy in the year 1260 and raised in a community that opposed the pope. St. Philip Benizi was sent to Forli by the pope in an effort to bring the community back into the fold.

As St. Philip preached he was harassed by Peregrine Laziosi, who became so enthusiastic about his own cause, that he slapped St. Philip.

When St. Philip offered Peregrine his other cheek, Laziosi was deeply affected. Thereafter Peregrine began to devote his time and energy to helping the sick and those living in poverty.

In time Peregrine developed varicose veins and cancer of the foot. The night before a surgeon was going to amputate his leg, Peregrine prayed, asking for God's healing, if it was his will to do so. He dreamed that Jesus touched his leg, and when he awoke, his leg and foot
were healed.

Peregrine spent the next 20 years preaching the word of God. He was canonized a Saint by Saint Benedict XIII in 1726.

Prayer to Saint Peregrine

Dear Apostle of Emilia and member of the Order of Mary, you spread the Good News by your word and by your life witnessed to its truth. In union with Jesus crucified, you endured excruciating sufferings so patiently as to be healed miraculously of cancer in the leg. If it is agreeable to God, obtain relief and cure for "Aussiegirl's Mother, Maria," and keep us all from the dread cancer of sin. Amen.

To all of Aussiegirl's dear friends, please remember her Mother in your thoughts and prayers as she goes through a very difficult illness. Please include Aussiegirl too, so that she and her family may have the strength to cope, and the wisdom to make the right decisions throughout this difficult time.



At 7:19 PM, Anonymous Pindar said...

BonnieBlueFlag, thanks again for another interesting article in your fascinating series on the Church and its saints. I am amazed at the amount of research all your posts are based on, especially in those articles leading up to the election of Benedict XVI, from which I learned so much. And the prayer you give for Aussiegirl's mother is very beautiful, and once again I thank you.


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