“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)



“We must have the courage
to pray to have the courage to accept.
Because we do not pray enough, we see only the
human part.
We don’t see the divine,
And we resent it.

I think that much of the misunderstanding of suffering today
comes from that,
from resentment and bitterness.

Bitterness is an infectious disease,
a cancer,
an anger hidden inside.”
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1919-1997

Mother Teresa of Calcutta; 1986 at a public pr...

Mother Teresa of Calcutta; 1986 at a public pro-life meeting in Bonn, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I believe that…

* Planet *

* Planet * (Photo credit: pareeerica)

“I believe that the greatest truths of the universe don’t lie outside, in the study of the stars and the planets. They lie deep within us, in the magnificence of our heart, mind and soul. Until we understand what is within, we can’t understand what is without.” – Anita Moorjani, 2012 [Dying to be Me]


Egypt: Gizeh

Egypt: Gizeh (Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum)

Godly promptings through years of desire
thwarted by egos and shadows and demons all,
vanquished in burning bushes now
by the flames of a cancer.

Fear spreading, angst rising
lonely pilgrim-in-waiting.

Then it is time. Egypt expels.

Golden calves left behind. A desert beckons.

I take up my camel, my Joseph and I

We flee.


Millicent Danker
17 January 2010