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 healing…  How the saints faced anxiety…  Intercessory prayer…  Miracle prayer (Fr. Peter Mary Rookey)…  Novenas to the saints (969)…  Saints: alphabetical / Franciscan (calendar) / fun facts archive / of the day / patronages / resource / stories…  Spiritual warfare prayers…  St. Dymphna: about / chaplet / history / May 15 / national shrine / novena / prayers / saint…  St. Peregrine: aboutarticles (prayer card) / “cancer saint”chaplet / feast / friends of / healing power / May 1st / novena / prayers (requests) / shrine…  St. Raphael, a powerful healer for anyone suffering right now…  Stella Maris: anniversaryfacebookhistory (more) / Lamar, TXmarker…  Stories, traditions keep devotions to the saints alive…  Ten powerful saints…  To those who are suffering…  Your soul finds rest in God

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