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For Susie

Deborah, a blogger friend from Slowtrav, recently posted a very moving entry about her dear friend Susie who for years has been fighting a battle with cancer. She asked her blog friends to light a candle and say a prayer in support of her fight and for her continued strength and comfort.

I lit two candles at the Church of St. Anne in Gilbert, Arizona. In honor of Susie I also read from a holy card the following prayer to St. Peregrine, who is the patron saint of cancer patients.

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O great St. Peregrine, you have been called "The
Mighty," "The Wonder-Worker," because of the
numerous miracles which you have obtained from
God for those who have had recourse to you.
For so many years you bore in your own flesh this
cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of
our being, and who had recourse to the source of
all grace when the power of man could do no
more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus
coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction.
Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom
we entrust to you. Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy. Amen.


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Comments (5)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Maria, this is such a beautiful post. I loved the candles in the sand. And I especially loved the special prayer to St. Peregrine for Deborah's dear friend Susie. This really pulled at my heart strings.

Your church of St. Anne looks nice!

Thank you, Kathy. As I mentioned in my comments on your blog, I was inspired by your post about Susie. I also like the candles in the sand because you can lit up a few candles at a time and place them all together. I became acquainted with St. Peregrine last November when I visited his shrine in the Mission of San Capistrano. I lit up two candles in the shrine for two friends who are fighting cancer. Sadly, since that visit, I've had to say the prayer too many times.

Thank you for your comments.

This is so beatiful. I loved both your post and Kathy's about lighting the candles for Susie. Your church is very beautiful. And thanks for the introduction to St. Peregrine, a saint I didn't know.

Thank you, Annie.

St Peregrine is an Italian saint (from Forli, Emilia Romagna) that was afflicted with cancer of the foot and he was cured after he had a vision of Christ on the cross reaching out to touch his foot. This is why the images of St. Peregrine show him with his foot uncovered and bleeding. I didn’t know this until I read a short biography of him. Interesting…

Maria, Thank you so much for this beautiful blog post. I so appreciate you devoting an entire entry to Susie.
I'm especially moved that you were able to add St. Peregine! We have not, yet found a church or chapel dedicated to him on this trip.
Yesterday, we received special permission to light Susie's candle in the crypt of St. Francesco in Assisi. The monk allowed us behind the rope to a special alter area that he alone uses.
It was very moving. Thanks again!

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