Saintly connections

Pain can wreak havoc on one’s mind, just as one’s internal processes can affect the body externally.  The body’s systems are interconnected, interdependent: When one system is out of synch, the entire body suffers.

St. Peregrine relic

St. Peregrine relic

As a result, we tend to seek help from friends, relatives, medical practitioners, and others who can provide healing through treatment, home remedies, advice, consolation, and encouragement.

Time and again, too, we ask God’s help and call not only on the Blessed Mother, but also on our saints for their steadfast intercessions.

Peregrine and Dymphna

Over the years, I’ve noticed that prayers for St. Peregrine and
St. Dymphna always arrive together from Franciscan Mission Associates (FMA).

St. Peregrine intercedes on behalf of those suffering from foot ailments, cancer, and other dread diseases.  “He’s also good with wayward teens,” Father Ralph told me.  And St. Dymphna assists those with mental and nervous disorders.

But what’s their connection?

Time of need

I first heard about St. Peregrine’s powerful intercession from Father Ralph during our first visit to Stella Maris, October, 2010.  Yet, I hadn’t felt compelled to call on
St. Peregrine until my friend, Olivia, needed a healing miracle January of this year.

But why didn’t I call on him before?

I find this rather odd, considering that other friends have been in need of St. Peregrine’s prayers as well.

Olivia’s story

December 7, 2011, Steven and I arrived at St. Paul’s for the Immaculate Conception vigil Mass.  Our good friend, Sam, had thoughtfully asked that mom’s name be added to the Mass intentions that evening since mom had died the week before.

Stepping into the church foyer Olivia’s eyes met mine, so I quickly walked over to embrace her.  We hadn’t seen each other in some time, so we talked for a few minutes.

Calmly, quietly, Olivia told me about her visit to the doctor that day.  She was concerned about her health, but she was worried about her husband: George wasn’t coping well with the diagnosis.

Listening, I felt compelled to do something beyond the usual.  Only I didn’t know what.  “I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers in a very special way,” I told her.

We exchanged addresses and telephone numbers.

“Call me,” I insisted.  “I want to know what’s going on with you.  I’ll be at the hospital to keep George company the day of your surgery.”

Saintly connections

Thinking about Olivia’s story, I’m in awe of her healing miracle.  I haven’t stopped singing St. Peregrine’s praises since January 23, 2012!

This is why I was glad to receive St. Peregrine’s novena leaflet from FMA last week.  Only St. Dymphna’s prayer card was in the letter, too.

How can I share one saint’s prayers and not the other’s?  Why are the prayers for
St. Peregrine always accompanied by
St. Dymphna’s?  Are their memorials celebrated the same day?

I searched online and found that St. Peregrine’s special day is May 1; St. Dymphna’s, May 15.

This must be why the novena Masses and prayers are announced early in April.  FMA mails its prayer cards and leaflets on a monthly basis, so keeping these two saints together makes perfect sense.  But why else might they be paired together?

I spent most of the day pondering this— way, way too much time— until I came up with a theory that made perfect sense to me, even if it wasn’t FMA’s intent.

Saints Dymphna and Peregrine complement each other for total effect.  Together, they implore God’s intercession for our healing in toto, mind, body, heart, and soul.


FMA-H9RaFor healing…  Lord, our God, you graciously chose St. Dymphna as patroness of those afflicted with mental and nervous disorders.  She is thus an inspiration and a symbol of charity to the thousands who ask her intercession.

Please grant, Lord, through the prayers of this pure youthful martyr, relief and consolation to all suffering such trials, especially those for whom we pray.  (State your petitions.)

We beg you, Lord, to hear the prayers of St. Dymphna on our behalf.  Grant to all for whom we pray patience in their sufferings and resignation to your divine will.  Please fill them with hope and grant them the relief and cure they so much desire.

We ask this through Christ our Lord who suffered agony in the garden.  Amen.

For sick relatives and friends…  We honor you, St. Peregrine, as a mighty wonder worker because of the miracles obtained through your intercession for persons who had recourse to your kind and powerful prayers.  For many years you were afflicted with the same cancerous disease from which thousands now suffer.  When the power of man could do no more, you were favored with a vision of Jesus leaning down, touching, and healing you from the cross.

Trusting in your compassion and readiness to help, we request your prayerful support for our sick relatives and friends.  (State your intentions.)

OSM-SM1115aMay the gracious blessing of Almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, descend upon all our sick relatives and friends.  May it be accompanied by the complete cure which they desire and for which we pray.

Intercede for us all, St. Peregrine, that we may be sincerely grateful for every healing, every favor and grace from the Lord God who is ever glorified in his saints.  Amen.

For Christian faithfulness…  We praise God with you, St. Peregrine, for calling you to religious life and for strengthening you to remain faithful until you entered into the Lord’s joy forever.

Please pray for all whose lives are vowed to Christ.  May they remain true to their sacred commitment and be a source of inspiration to all their fellow Christians.

May all religious and lay persons inspired by your constancy live in Christian faithfulness, helping to renew the face of the earth in Christian charity, justice, and peace.  Amen.

For all intentions…  With you, St. Peregrine, we proclaim our faith in the God of miracles.  We thank him for transforming your life through a holy man’s generous forgiveness.

After years of suffering, one night you were miraculously healed of cancer of the foot.  Please pray for all persons so afflicted with cancer, foot ailments, or any incurable disease.  Pray that a cure be found soon for cancer and healing for all physical and emotional ills.

For these intentions and all our material and spiritual needs, we seek your powerful intercession with the Lord.  Amen.

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Contact information

The St. Peregrine card is from the Order of Friar Servants of Mary, USA Province, 1439 Harlem Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402-0712.  The St. Dymphna prayer cards and the leaflets are from Franciscan Mission Associates, P.O. Box 598, Mount Vernon, NY 10551-0598.

October 15, 2015

“In order to bear our afflictions with patience, it is very useful to read the lives and legends of the saints who endured great torments for Jesus Christ” (St. Teresa of Ávila).

Father Ralph’s homilies: 10 Oct 2010 / 22 Jan 2012 / 16 Sept 2012

Links of interest…  Finding inspiration each morning in the saint of the day…  Franciscan Mission Associates…  Holistic care / healing…  How the saints faced anxiety…  Intercessory prayer…  Miracle prayer (Fr. Peter Mary Rookey; YouTube)…  Novenas to the saints (188)…  Praying to the saints…  Saints: about (by date – by name ) / Franciscan / fun facts archive / lives / of Carmel / of the day / patron / resource / sqpn* / stories for kids…  Spiritual warfare prayers…  St. Dymphna: about / chaplet / history / May 15 / national shrine / novena. / prayer (more) / saint…  St. Peregrine: about / articles (prayer cards) / biography / “cancer saint“/ chaplet / feast / friends of / healing intercessor & friend / healing power / May 1stprayers (novena – requests) / shrine…  St. Raphael, a powerful healer for anyone suffering right now…  Stella Maris: anniversary / facebook / history (more) / Lamar, TX (more) / marker…  Stories, traditions keep devotions to the saints alive…  Ten powerful saints…  To those who are suffering…  Your soul finds rest in God

WP posts…  Healing service…  Holy relics…  Memorable as ever…  My Franciscan Crown…  Powerful intercessor…  Prayers and blessings…  St. Peregrine relic…  Stella Maris

14 Responses

  1. Wünsche dir einen schönen Tag und alles gute zum Muttertag am Sonntag ,und lass dich am dem Tag mal richtig verwöhnen,viele liebe Grüsse Klaus

    Translation: Wish you a nice day and all the best for Mother’s Day on Sunday, and let yourself be pampered… properly. Many greetings, Klaus.

    • Dear, sweet Klaus, thank you for the lovely wishes this Mother’s Day. How very thoughtful of you! I wish you a really fine week ahead, full of promise and happiness.

      • Ja es freut mich sehr das dir dir Muttertag grüsse gefallen hat,wollte dir damit eine grosse Freude machen,das macht mir sehr froh viele liebGrüsse Klaus

        Translation: Yes, I am very pleased that you had a [joyful] Mother’s Day. This makes me very happy. Many [sincere] greetings, Klaus

      • Dear Klaus, you’re a tenderhearted person. Your wishes for Mother’s Day were quite heartwarming. Thanks ever so much! I wish you a fantabulous week ahead…

      • Es macht mich glücklich und froh dir eine Freude geschenkt zu haben,darum schreibt man ja,bin dann glücklich wenn andere daran teilhaben sei ganz lIeb gegrüsst und wünsche viele schöne sonnige Tage KLAUS

        Translation: It makes me happy and glad to have [pleased you]. That’s why you [responded]. [I’d be] happy if others would [do the same]. [Sincere greetings. I] wish you many beautiful, sunny days. KLAUS

      • Dear Klaus, I’m chuckling at the moment at the thought of “beautiful, sunny days” because it’s raining with gusto at present. In fact, the weather changed mid-afternoon; so we’ve had thunder, lightning, and lots of rain. Very good for the Texas drought conditions, of course. So we’re glad, even though some communities flood, unfortunately.

        I guess there’s good along with the not so good. And there are sure to be mosquitoes after the rain stops. Still, the frog sounds will be a welcome serenade.

        It’s gorgeous out. A day that God has made. And I, for one, rejoice in it.

        You take care, Klaus!

  2. I have just said this prayer. I hope St Peregrine intercedes for me and my sick mother at this time.

    • Hi, Dinie.

      I’ve added you to our church blog’s “petitions” and “praise” pages. I’ll also keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.

      Did you click on Olivia’s story? Truly remarkable, as in, wow! Neither chemo nor radiation needed! Wow!

      I’m sure you know that God has his own time and his own way in which he responds to our needs, so don’t get discouraged. Keep asking.

      Something else to keep in mind: Walk in faith. Each time you state a petition, be sure to offer your thanksgiving and praise, too.

      I wish you miracles!

      • Hello, Deli, thank you for your reply. My mother and I are Catholic and sincerely believe that God guides us and helps us. I will be praying and thanking God for all that he has given us, and praying to the Blessed Mother to intercede for good things to happen for my mother and me. I will keep reading your blog.

      • Dinie, you are sooo sweet. It’s heartwarming to sense the love you feel not only for your precious mother, but also for the Blessed Mother. I know that God hears all who call out to him, so I know your prayers will be answered. You’re a breath of fresh air on this beautiful spring day! Thank you so much for your comments. And keep up the great work on your blog/facebook page.

        P.S. Here are two related posts that may be of interest to you: “making meaning” and “one prayer.”

  3. Very interesting reading again, Deli. Thank you.

    • Matti, you’re very kind; but trying to make sense of the connection between both saints took time. Way more than I thought it would. Still, making meaning is like that. I go off on different tangents looking for answers to my own questions like a tick on a dog that won’t let go. Silly ME.

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