As we know, cancer can be a debilitating disease and can impact people of all ages. There are many different types of cancer. Among the more common types are breast cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, and stomach cancer.
Saint Peregrine is the patron of all those afflicted by cancer and other illnesses. Included among the many statues of saints in our Church is a statue of Saint Peregrine. As previously reported, the publication, “Franciscan Mission Associates”, provided a brief glimpse into his background. It stated that he “… led a life of quiet prayer, solitude, and repentance for many years. His life took an unexpected turn when a painful cancerous tumor developed on his foot, requiring amputation. The night before surgery, St. Peregrine spent hours in prayer, then fell asleep and dreamt of Jesus touching and healing his foot. Upon waking, he was cured! During the rest of his lifetime and beyond, many miracles of healing have been attributed to St. Peregrine’s prayers.”
The publication also stated, “The power of prayer has been demonstrated time and again. Whether we offer our intentions alone in silence or aloud with others, God always hears us. This is especially true when our prayers are strengthened through the communion of saints, canonized by the Church for their special grace.” The publication invited us to join “in praying to St. Peregrine whose intercession has led to miracles of healing for those with cancer and other diseases.” Many of us know someone who is struggling with some form of cancer. It has affected many of our parishioners and their loved ones.
The following “Prayer to Saint Peregrine for Cancer Sufferers” can provide comfort in times of trial for those afflicted and for their loved ones:
Saint Peregrine, whom Holy Mother Church has declared patron of those suffering from cancer, I confidently turn to you for aid in my present need.
Lest I lose confidence, I beg your kind intercession. Plead with 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 all-powerful prayers and consolation.
Obtain for me the strength to accept my trials from the loving hand of God with patience and resignation. May suffering lead me to a better life and enable me to atone for my sins and the sins of the world.
As we reflect on this prayer, we are encouraged to learn more about Saint Peregrine and ask for his special intercession, especially in these difficult and uncertain times when cancer, in many different forms, is so prevalent in our society.