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St Peregrine The Cancer Saint, and all Serious illnesses.

Rev Ian Bathgate.St Alphonsus, Glasgow.  (Xaverian Missionaries)

 

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St. Peregrine Laziosi

St Peregrine arrives at Carfin Grotto photos by Jim Reilly

Novena To
St. Peregrine
 
 Glorious wonder-worker, St. Peregrine, you answered the divine call with a ready spirit, and forsook all the comforts of a life of ease and all the empty honors of the world to dedicate yourself to God in the Order of His holy Mother.
You labored manfully for the salvation of souls. In union with Jesus crucified, you endured painful sufferings with such patience as to deserve to be healed miraculously of an incurable cancer in your leg by a touch of His divine hand.
Obtain for me the grace to answer every call of God and to fulfill His will in all the events of life. Enkindle in my heart a consuming zeal for the salvation of all men.
Deliver me from the infirmities that afflict my body (especially.....).
Obtain for me also a perfect resignation to the sufferings it may please God to send me, so that, imitating our crucified Savior and His sorrowful Mother, I may merit eternal glory in heaven.

St. Peregrine, pray for me and for all who invoke your aid.
 
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Biography

In 1283 Saint Philip, Prior General of the Friar Servants of Saint Mary, attempted to lead back to obedience to the Apostolic See the citizens of Forlì then under interdict. He was driven out of the city with insults and violence. While this true follower of Christ was praying for his persecutors, one of the crowd, an eighteen year old by the name of Peregrine of the famous Laziosi family, repented and humbly asked Philip for forgiveness. The holy Father received him with love. From that moment the young man began to scorn the vanities of the world and to pray most fervently to the Blessed Virgin, asking that she show him the way of salvation. A few years later, guided by the Virgin, he received the habit of Our Lady in the priory of Siena where he dedicated himself to her service. There, together with Blessed Francis of Siena, he committed himself totally to the Servite life.

 


After some years he was sent back to Forlì where, because of his love for God and Our Lady, he gave himself to the recitation of psalms, hymns and prayers, and to meditation on the law of God. On fire with love for others, he lavished a wealth of charity on the poor. It is said that he miraculously multiplied grain and wine during a severe shortage in his area.

Above all else, he was outstanding in his love for penance; in tears, he would reflect on the errors which he thought he had made and would frequently confess to the priest. He afflicted his body with various forms of mortification: when tired he would support himself on a choir stall or a rock; when overcome by sleep, he preferred the bare earth to a bed. As a result of this type of life, at the age of sixty he suffered from varicose veins which degenerated into cancer of the right leg.


His condition deteriorated to the point that a physician, Paolo Salazio, who visited him in the priory, decided, with the consent of all the friars, to amputate the leg as soon as possible. The night before the operation Peregrine dragged himself before the crucifix in the chapter room. There he became drowsy and seemed to see Jesus descend from the cross to heal his leg. The following day, the doctor arrived to perform the amputation but could find no sign of the cancer, or even of a wound. He was so shocked that he spread the news of the miracle throughout the town. This only increased the people’s veneration of Peregrine. The saint died of a fever about 1345 when he was almost eighty years old. An extraordinary number of people from the town and countryside honored him in death. Some of the sick who came were healed through his intercession.

His body rests in the Servite church of Forlì where it is greatly honored by the people. Pope Paul V declared him blessed in 1609 and Pope Benedict XIII canonized him in 1726

Peregrine Laziosi
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Saint Peregrine Laziosi (Pellegrino Latiosi) (c. 1260 – 1 May 1345) is an Italian saint of the Servite Order (Friar Order Servants of Mary). He is the patron saint for persons suffering from cancer, AIDS, or other illness.

Life[edit]

Peregrine Laziosi was born around 1260, the only son of an affluent family in Forlì, in northern Italy. At that time Forli was part of the Papal States. Peregrine's family supported the anti-papal faction. In 1283 the residents of Forlì were under interdict.[1] St. Philip Benizi, Prior General of the Friar Servants of Saint Mary, was sent to try to reconcile the divided community. While trying to preach in Forlì, Philip was heckled and struck by the eighteen-year-old Peregrine. Philip was driven from the city with insults and violence. Peregrine repented and asked Philip for forgiveness. St. Philip received him with kindness. The moment had a profound effect on Peregrine. Filled with remorse, he began to pray more and to channel his energies into good works. A few years later, he joined the Servites in Siena and went on to be ordained a priest.[2]

Statue in the Peregrine Chapel of the Serra Chapel in Mission San Juan Capistrano

After some years he was sent back to Forlì, where he founded a new Servite house there and became well known for his preaching and holiness as well as his devotion to the sick and poor. It is said that he miraculously multiplied grain and wine during a severe shortage in his area.[1] People took to calling him the "Angel of Good Counsel," so grateful were they for his wise advice so freely given.[3]

One of the special penances he imposed on himself was to stand whenever it was not necessary to sit. When tired he would support himself on a choir stall. At the age of sixty he developed an infection in his right leg.[4] His condition deteriorated to the point that the physician decided to amputate his leg.[2]

The night before the operation Peregrine spent time praying before a fresco of the Crucifixion in the chapter room. He fell into a deep trance-like sleep and seemed to see Jesus descend from the cross to touch his leg.[2]

The following day, the doctor arrived to perform the amputation and finding no sign of the cancer, spread news of the miraculous cure throughout the town. This only increased the people’s regard for Peregrine. The saint died of a fever about 1345 when he was eighty five years old. An extraordinary number of people from the town and countryside honored him in death. Some of the sick who came were healed through his intercession.[1]

Veneration[edit]

His body rests in the Servite church of Forlì, the Basilica of Saint Pellegrino Laziosi.[5] Pope Paul V declared him blessed in 1609 and Pope Benedict XIII canonized him in 1726.[1] The liturgical feast of Saint Pellegrino/Peregrine is on May 4.[4]

Peregrine is considered the patron saint of those suffering from cancer. The National Shrine of Saint Peregrine is located at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago, Illinois, as a ministry of the Friar Servants of Mary.[6] There's a St. Peregrine Shrine at The Grotto, at The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, in Portland, Oregon.[7] and there is also a St. Peregrine Shrine in Muntinlupa City in the Philippines, it houses a relic taken from St. Peregrine himself, a rib. It's currently on display in the church's Relic Chapel.

Legacy[edit]

The lesson of Peregrine’s life is not that God worked a miracle, but that a faithful servant placed himself, unconditionally, in the hands of God. Peregrine’s trust in God therefore serves as a model for those dealing with sickness.[7]

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Born in Forli Italy. Peregrine is the patron saint of persons suffering from cancer, AIDS and other serious diseases. As a young man he was a member of an anti-papal party until he encountered St. Philip Benizi, the head of the Servite order, who had been sent to try to reconcile the divided community. While trying to preach in Forli, Philip was heckled and even struck by Peregrine, who was overcome by momentary political fervor. But that moment also changed Peregrine. He began to channel his energies in new directions, engaged in good works and eventually joined the Servites in Siena and went on to be ordained a Frier. Returning to his home town, he founded a new Servite house there and became well known for his preaching and holiness as well as his devotion to the sick and poor. One of the special penances he imposed on himself was standing whenever it was not necessary to sit. Over time, Peregrine developed varicose veins and, in turn, cancer of the foot. The wound became painful and diseased and all medical treatment failed. The local surgeon determined amputation of the leg was called for. Tradition has it that the night before surgery was scheduled Peregrine spent much time in prayer before the crucified Jesus, asking God to heal him if it was God?s will to do so. Falling asleep at one point, Peregrine had a vision of the crucified Jesus leaving the cross and touching his cancerous leg. When Peregrine awoke, the wound was healed and his foot and leg, seemingly miraculously cured, were saved. He lived another 20 years. Peregrine was canonized in 1726. 

From Sinner To Saint It will be encouraging and helpful for people to know that there is a patron of America's most deadly disease. He is St. Peregrine, O.S.M., a priest of the Order of the Servants of Mary. This is his story.
The only son of well-to-do and noble parents St. Peregrine was born in 1260 at Forli, Italy. As a young man of eighteen he took an active part in the politics of his native city, which belonged to the anti-papal party that disturbed the peace of Italy. On the occasion of a popular rising, St. Philip Benizi, who had been sent by Pope Martin IV to act as a mediator and preach peace at Forli, was severely mishandled by the popular leaders. Peregrine himself, hotheaded and impetuous, with a gang of followers met the Saint at the gates of the city. The gentle words of St. Philip in behalf of peace were met with abusive language, rocks and clubs. To prove his leadership, the proud Peregrine went so far as to strike the holy man on the face with his fist, knocking him down. The saintly Servite's only reply was to offer the other cheek and to pray for this misguided youth. This heroic meekness deeply impressed Peregrine. He soon realized what a fool he had made of himself and how rude he had been, so he ran three miles to catch up to the retreating Saint. With tears he confessed his guilt and begged forgiveness on his knees and promised to change his way of living. St. Philip consoled his penitent, exhorting him at the same time to amend his life and to cultivate a childlike devotion to the Mother of God.
This incident was God's way of calling Peregrine from the world, to dedicate himself to the service of Christ and the souls for whom he died. He spent long hours upon his knees in the Chapel of Our Lady in the Cathedral. It was the Blessed Mother who led him closer to her loving son. One day she appeared to him in the Cathedral and said to him: "Go to Siena. There you will find the devout men who call themselves my servants. Join them." Peregrine being deeply touched by this tender consideration of the Mother of God, obeyed her command at once.
Having reached Siena, he was received into the Order of the Servants of Mary by the same St. Philip. He set about following with zeal the path of perfection. Only because of the vow of obedience did he consent to be ordained a priest. For sixty-two years he lived a life of austere penance and prolonged prayer. It is said that for thirty years he never sat down, and when forced to sleep, it was most often on the bare ground with a stone for a pillow or leaning against a wall. As far as he could, he observed silence and solitude, for he considered this a most necessary aid in fostering the spiritual life. He was a fervent priest and displayed his fervor above all in celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He was untiring in preaching and bringing sinners back to God. After having spent some years in Siena, his superiors sent him to Forli to found a new house for the Order. The grace of God had worked wonders in transforming this sinful, misguided youth into a Saint.
The Test By Cancer The genuine worth of Peregrine's sanctity was tested by a great affliction which befell him in the form of a loathsome cancer of the foot. Besides being very painful, it made him repulsive to his associates. The gangrenous stench from the wound was so foul that no one dared approach him. He bore this trial without a murmur. At last the surgeon decided that the only thing to do was to cut off the foot. But that would never do. Peregrine had great dreams for the future. Constant meditation on the Passion of Christ and the Sorrows of Mary had made him realize the infinite value of souls?the great price Mother and Son had paid to save them from Hell. Amputation of his leg would mean he would lose a golden opportunity to suffer with the Queen of Sorrows.
How well Peregrine understood that souls are saved by sacrifice and prayer! This was entirely in keeping with the spirit of the Blessed Mother. Did she not emphasize the need of penance and prayer both at Lourdes and Fatima? She wants the world to make reparation to the good God and to her Immaculate Heart in order that souls may be saved from eternal damnation. How earnestly she pleaded at Fatima: "Pray, pray very much; and make sacrifices for sinners. Many souls are lost, because there are none to make sacrifices for them." Devoted child of Mary that he was, Peregrine wished to carry out her desires. He, too, wanted to sacrifice and pray for sinners.
Peregrine spent the night before the operation in trustful prayer to God. He even crawled into the monastery chapel and offered a prayer of resignation, mixed with the plea, that his leg would not be amputated. He fell asleep before the image of the Crucified Savior. In a dream Christ seemed to stretch out His hand from the Cross and touched his diseased foot. On awakening he discovered that it was more than a mere dream
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he was completely cured! The doctors were amazed and they testified that they could no longer detect any trace of the disease.
This miracle greatly enhanced the reputation which the holy man had already acquired by his exemplary life. It gave faith to those fearing cancer or suffering from it or any form of running sores. But most of all, his personal sanctity bore fruit in countless miracles. He multiplied bread St. Peregrine is to Spain." He was once solemnly declared Universal Patron of Spain. Vienna considers him her most popular saint. He is invoked and well known in Austria, Hungary, Bavaria, and Italy.

 

Spain especially was the scene of many miracles. In one city alone, Citta de Castello, from the year 1694 to 1726 more than 300 cures were authenticated by ecclesiastical authorities. In Barcelona, Catholics speak of him as "the Mighty," "the Marvellous," the "wonder working St. Peregrine." It will suffice to mention but two of these cures. Rev. Isidore Costa, S.J., Rector of the Seminary of the Society of Jesus in Barcelona, had been long afflicted with a painful, cancerous growth on his leg. Physicians held no hope for him. Father Isidore then prayed with confidence to St. Peregrine. The pain and stench stopped. The wound was instantly cured. This Father attested to under oath.
The body of a seven-year-old Italian boy was completely covered with ulcers. On the advice of his physician, the child's mother went to the Church of the Servite Fathers at Forli and had a Mass offered in honor of St. Peregrine. When she returned home, her child was completely cured of the terrible disease.

Pope Benedict XIII solemnly canonized St. Peregrine in 1726. His feast is celebrated May 2. His body was exhumed and found incorrupt. In contrast to the onetime cancerous foul stench, it emitted a heavenly odor which men and women found impossible to describe by comparison to earthly flowers. His body is still preserved intact.

 

The Cancer Saint St. Peregrine of the Servite Order has been picked by the Church as Patron of those suffering from Running Sores and Cancer. Certain saints, because of events in their lives, seem to specialize in interceding for definite types of peoples. As St. Joseph is patron of a happy death, St. Christopher, guardian of travel, so, too, St. Peregrine, because of the miraculous cure of his cancerous growth, is known as "the Cancer Saint."

 

St. Peregrine is not well known in America. And yet, the most dread disease in America is Cancer. It takes second place among fatal diseases in our country. Of the American children born this year, about 20 per cent of the boys and 22 per cent of the girls will become its victims sometime during their lives. Though millions of dollars are being spent by the government and private agencies on research and care, and thousands spending themselves, cancer is still the nation's second biggest killer.
But there is still one hope, and that lies in confident and persevering prayer. God who created the world and fashioned the human body with all its mysterious functions, is Master of His own creation. He can and does suspend the laws of nature for those who have faith in His goodness. Prayer is omnipotent. It can also take away impossible-to-cure diseases. We have but to remember the solemn promise of the Savoir: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks, r

Furthermore, the saints are our friends in heaven. They favour no special nationalities, for the Church is universal. They intercede for all who pray to them with confidence. Since St. Peregrine is the "Cancer Saint, " why should not people who fear or who suffer from cancer or any form of running sores pray to him, when there is so little hope in the natural powers of men to cure? The fact that thousands of miraculous cures were already reported?and many thousands more that were never made known to the public?should inspire confidence in St. Peregrine's prayers before God and the Virgin Mary. If it is God's Will, these prayers will be answered, that God may reward our confidence and that He may be glorified in His Saints!
Following are various prayers to St. Peregrine:
Saint Peregrine Patron Of Cancer Patients O God, You gave St. Peregrine an angel for his companion, the Mother of God for his teacher, and Jesus for the Physician of his illness. Grant us, through his prayers, a greater love for our Guardian Angel, the Blessed Virgin, and our Savoir. Prayer To St. Peregrine St. Peregrine, whom Holy Mother Church has declared Patron of those suffering from Cancer, I confidently turn to you for help in my present sickness.  

I Mother of Sorrows beg your kind intercession. Ask God to relieve me of this sickness, if it be his Holy Will. Plead with the Blessed Virgin Mary, the , whom you loved so tenderly and in union with whom you have suffered the pains of Cancer, that she may help me with her powerful prayers and loving consolation.
But if it should be God's Holy Will that I bear this sickness, obtain for me courage and strength to accept these trials from the loving hand of God with patience and resignation, because he knows what is best for the salvation of my soul.
St Peregrine, be my friend and patron. Help me to imitate you in accepting suffering, and to unite myself with Jesus Crucified and the Mother of Sorrows, as you did. I offer my pains to God with all the love of my heart, for his glory and the salvation of souls, especially my own. Amen.

 

        A Prayer to St. Peregrine for Sick Relatives and Friends

O great St. Peregrine, you have been called "The Mighty", "The Wonder Worker" because 
of the numerous miracles which you obtained from God for those who have turned to you in
their need. For so many years, you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys
the very fiber of our being.

You turned to God when the power of human beings could do no more, and you were favored
with the vision of Jesus coming down from His cross to heal your affliction. I now ask God to
heal these sick persons whom I entrust to you:

(here mention their names)

Aided by your powerful intercession, I shall sing with Mary a hymn of gratitude 
to God for His great goodness and mercy. Amen.

I beg your kind intercession. Ask God to relieve me of this sickness, if it be his Holy Will. Plead with the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Sorrows, whom you loved so tenderly and in union with whom you have suffered the pains of Cancer, that she may help me with her powerful prayers and loving consolation.
But if it should be God's Holy Will that I bear this sickness, obtain for me courage and strength to accept these trials from the loving hand of God with patience and resignation, because he knows what is best for the salvation of my soul.
St Peregrine, be my friend and patron. Help me to imitate you in accepting suffering, and to unite myself with Jesus Crucified and the Mother of Sorrows, as you did. I offer my pains to God with all the love of my heart, for his glory and the salvation of souls, especially my own. Amen.

I beg your kind intercession. Ask God to relieve me of this sickness, if it be his Holy Will. Plead with the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Sorrows, whom you loved so tenderly and in union with whom you have suffered the pains of Cancer, that she may help me with her powerful prayers and loving consolation.
But if it should be God's Holy Will that I bear this sickness, obtain for me courage and strength to accept these trials from the loving hand of God with patience and resignation, because he knows what is best for the salvation of my soul.
St Peregrine, be my friend and patron. Help me to imitate you in accepting suffering, and to unite myself with Jesus Crucified and the Mother of Sorrows, as you did. I offer my pains to God with all the love of my heart, for his glory and the salvation of souls, especially my own. Amen.

 A Prayer to St. Peregrine for One Suffering from Cancer

 

 

Dear St. Peregrine, I need your help. I feel so uncertain of my life right now.
This serious illness makes me long for a sign of God's love.
Help me to imitate your enduring faith when you faced the ugliness of cancer and surgery.
Allow me to trust the Lord the way you did in this moment of distress.

I want to be cured, but right now I ask God for the strength to bear the cross in my life.
I seek the power to proclaim God's presence in my life despite the hardship,
anguish and fear I now experience.

O Glorious St. Peregrine, be an inspiration to me and petitioner of those needed
graces from our loving Father. Amen.

 

 

                                                                                    Cancer is limited ...

It cannot cripple love, 
It cannot shatter hope, 
It cannot corrode faith, 
It cannot eat away peace, 
It cannot destroy confidence, 
It cannot shut out memories 
It cannot silence courage, 
It cannot invade the soul, 
It cannot reduce eternal life, 
It cannot quench the spirit, 
It cannot lessen the power 
of the Resurrection.