PRAYER TO ST PE…

PRAYER TO ST PEREGRINE*

“O glorious St Peregrine, apostle of Our Lady of Sorrows, you who had such great faith that she obtained for you all that you asked of God, you who were so profoundly humble that until commanded by your superiors refused Holy Orders, you whose patience was so perfect, that when you begged Jesus Crucified the cure of cancer, your cancer, you asked that the suffering remain; through the ineffable joys that you now experience as a reward for your virtue and your submission to the will of God, imprint deep in our hearts and souls these same dispositions of faith, humility and submission to the Divine Will, so that we may obtain from the omnipotent God the favours we ask.

(pause here and silently recall the favours you are asking through the intercession of St Peregrine)

To whom shall we go if not to you, who bore in your own flesh this disease, you who were cured by Our Lord himself? The example of your life and your virtue will lead us to Our Lady, who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, and thus we shall obtain all we ask, through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”
* the patron saint of the Catholic church for cancer victims

[from a booklet published in 1954 in honour of the Septenary of the saint bearing the Imprimatur of the Archbishop of Chicago]

 

 

Interior of Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica & Nat...

Interior of Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica & National Shrine, Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

REFLECTIONS ON LUKE

In the Gospel of St Luke, Jesus is clearly described as a ‘healer’.

The Road to Emmaus appearance, based on Luke 2...

The Road to Emmaus appearance, based on Luke 24:13-32, painted by Joseph von F├╝hrich, 1830. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1 He cast out an evil spirit from a man (Luke 4: 31-37)
2 He healed many people including the mother-in-law of Simon his disciple who had a high fever – he stood at her bedside and ordered the fever to leave her and she rose at once. (Luke 4: 38-41)
3 He healed a man suffering from a dreaded skin disease. The man said: ‘Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean’. ┬áJesus replied: ‘I do want to. Be clean!’ (Luke 5: 12-14)
4 He healed a paralysed man – the one who had to be lowered through the roof in his bed; Jesus said to him: ‘I tell you, get up, pick up your bed, and go home!’
(Luke 5: 17-25)
5 He healed a man with a paralysed hand – ‘stretch out your hand’ he told him, and his hand became well again. (Luke 6: 6-10)
6 He healed a large crowd of people who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. ‘All the people tried to touch him, for power was going out from him and healing them all.’ (Luke 6: 17-19)
7 He healed a Roman officer’s servant who was very sick – the officer had so much faith, he asked Jesus not to bother to come to his house. Jesus was amazed at his faith. His servant was healed. (Luke 7: 1-10)
8 He raised a widow’s son from the dead in the town of Naim. Jesus was moved with great pity at the funeral procession because the dead man was the widow’s only son. Luke says: ‘When the Lord saw her, his heart was filled with pity for her and he said to her, Don’t cry.’ Jesus gave him back to his mother. (Luke 7: 11-16)
9 He healed many women of evil spirits and diseases including Mary Magdalene (Luke 8: 1-3)
10 He healed a man possessed by demons – a very dramatic episode where the demons were driven out of the man and into a herd of pigs (Luke : 26-39)
11 He healed Jairus’ daughter who was only 12 and dying – she was said to be dead in her bed but Jesus raised her up, saying ‘Get up, child!’ Then he ordered that she be given something to eat (Luke 8: 40-56)
12 He healed a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years – she was healed when she touched the edge of his cloak in a crowd. He called her his ‘daughter’, saying her faith had made her whole. (Luke 8: 43-48)
13 He healed a boy with an evil spirit – he had epilepsy and was foaming at the mouth – Luke says ‘Jesus healed the boy and gave him back to his father’ (Luke 9: 37-43)
14 He healed a crippled woman who was bent double – ‘Woman,’ he said, ‘you are free from your sickness.’ (Luke 13: 10-14)
15 He healed a sick man whose legs and arms were swollen and he was accused of healing on the Sabbath by his enemies (Luke 14: 1-6)
16 He healed 10 men suffering from a dreaded skin disease who called out loudly to Jesus asking for his mercy. All were healed but only one came back running to thank him – throwing himself at the feet of Jesus. (Luke 17: 11-19)
17 He healed the blind beggar of Jericho who called out: ‘Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!’ Luke says Jesus asked the man ‘what do you want me to do for you?’ The man said ‘Sir, I want to see again.’ And Jesus said: ‘Then see! Your faith has made you well.’ (Luke 18: 35-43)

27 July 2012