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.
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.