Many of us know someone who is struggling with some form of cancer. It has affected many of our parishioners and their loved ones. 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. Those suffering from cancer can seek the intercession of St. Peregrine.
As reported by Fr. Peter Sticco in his article, “St. Peregrine, the Patron Saint of Cancer”, Peregrine was born in Italy in the 13th century and later in life, “…he experienced a conversion that changed his life and led him to commit himself to serve God. At the age of 60, Peregrine was suffering from cancer of the leg, and his doctor decided to amputate it. The night before the operation, Peregrine prayed before an image of the crucifixion. The following day, the doctor arrived to perform the amputation and found no signs of cancer! Peregrine was miraculously cured! The news of Peregrine’s health rapidly spread throughout the Church. Christians began to invoke his name and ask for his intercession for relief of their suffering and cures for their diseases. Peregrine was canonized in 1726. Since then, people’s devotion to St. Peregrine has grown far and wide.”
The following “Catholic Prayer to Saint Peregrine” can provide comfort in times of trial for those afflicted with some type of cancer and for their loved ones. As we reflect on this prayer, we are reminded that included among the many statues of saints in our Church is a statue of Saint Peregrine. 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.