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.
The Order of Servants of Mary (Servites)
began in the thirteenth century under the
inspiration of Our Blessed Mother who
appeared separately to seven young men of
Florence, Italy, urging them to dedicate
themselves to prayer and service. The seven
soon became noticed and others joined them
in the hills above the city.
One who applied was Peregrine Laziosi who
had been an activist in the anti-papal
movement in the city of Forli but had been won
over by the Prior General of the Servites,
Philip Benizi, who later became a saint.
Peregrine labored for years as a brother in the
Order and at age 60 was diagnosed with
cancer of the leg brought on by many years of
disciplined prayer while standing, resulting in
varicose veins which became ulcerous. On the
night before the scheduled amputation of his
leg, Peregrine dragged himself to the foot of
the cross in the community chapter room and
fell into a deep trance-like sleep. Upon waking,
he discovered that this leg was completely
cured. Because of the miracle wrought by
prayer, the Church canonized him in 1726 and
named him patron of cancer sufferers. His
Feast Day is May 4.
A Prayer to St. Peregrine
for One Suffering from Cancer