紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Peregrine Laziosi, Servite Brother, Confessor
St. Peregrine was born in 1260 at Forlì, Italy to an affluent family. He lived a comfortable life as a youth, and politically opposed the papacy. During a popular revolt, he struck the papal peace negotiator, St. Philip Benizi, across the face. St. Philip calmly turned the other cheek, prayed for the youth, and Peregrine converted.
After he experienced the forgiveness of St. Philip Benizi, he changed his life and joined the Servite order. He was ordained a priest, and later returned to his home to establish a Servite community. There he was widely known for his preaching, penances, and counsel in the confessional. He was cured of cancer, after he received a vision of Christ on the cross reaching out His hand to touch his impaired limb.
He died in 1345 and was canonized in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII. He is the patron saint of AIDS sufferers and cancer patients.
O God, in Saint Peregrine
You gave us an outstanding example of faith and patience,
we humbly ask You that by imitating him
and by the help of his prayers,
we believe more fully in Your healing help,
bear the suffering, and come with joy to the peace of heaven.
We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.