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Fr Matthew Kirby for further details.
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Tuesday 24 September 2013

Prayer for those suffering from Cancer

Our last blog entry talked about St Peregrine, who may not be the most well known saint the Catholic Church has ever canonized, so if you are not familiar with his story you should check-out our previous upload. St Peregrine suffered from cancer with unwavering faith and service to God, resulting in miraculous healing at the hands of Jesus. To many Catholics, this means that they can identify with and pray to this figure - who himself had suffered with their disease.

Here are some more prayers/novena to St Peregrine, that people reading St Hilda's blog may get some help/comfort from; 

Novena To St. Peregrine
Glorious wonder-worker, St. Peregrine, you answered the divine call with a ready spirit, and forsook all the comforts of a life of ease and all the empty honors of the world to dedicate yourself to God in the Order of His holy Mother.
You labored manfully for the salvation of souls. In union with Jesus crucified, you endured painful sufferings with such patience as to deserve to be healed miraculously of an incurable cancer in your leg by a touch of His divine hand.
Obtain for me the grace to answer every call of God and to fulfill His will in all the events of life. Enkindle in my heart a consuming zeal for the salvation of all men.
Deliver me from the infirmities that afflict my body (especially.....).
Obtain for me also a perfect resignation to the sufferings it may please God to send me, so that, imitating our crucified Savior and His sorrowful Mother, I may merit eternal glory in heaven.

St. Peregrine, pray for me and for all who invoke your aid.

Are you suffering from cancer? Or do you know someone who is? These prayers to St. Peregrine can give you hope! This first one is for those afflicted with this deadly disease:

St. Peregrine, whom Holy Mother Church has declared Patron of those suffering from Cancer, I confidently turn to you for help in my present sickness. I beg your kind intercession. Ask God to relieve me of this sickness, if it be his Holy Will. Plead with the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Sorrows, whom you loved so tenderly and in union with whom you have suffered the pains of Cancer, that she may help me with her powerful prayers and loving consolation.
But if it should be God’s Holy Will that I bear this sickness, obtain for me courage and strength to accept these trails from the loving hand of God with patience and resignation, because he knows what is best for the salvation of my soul. St. Peregrine, be my friend and patron. Help me to imitate you in accepting suffering, and to unite myself with Jesus Crucified and the Mother of Sorrows, as you did. I offer my pains to God with all the love of my heart, for his glory and the salvation of souls, especially my own.

The second of these prayers to St. Peregrine is for others’ intentions.

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 fiber of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favored 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. (Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying) 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. 

If you can keep your faith and focus on God then the following is worth realising.
Cancer is limited ...
It cannot cripple love,
It cannot shatter hope,
It cannot corrode faith,
It cannot eat away peace,
It cannot destroy confidence,
It cannot shut out memories
It cannot silence courage,
It cannot invade the soul,
It cannot reduce eternal life,
It cannot quench the spirit,
It cannot lessen the power
of the Resurrection.

NOTE: next Sundays Anglican Catholic Church Communion / Mass will be held in Taree.
To confirm times and location email Fr Matthew

Thursday 19 September 2013

Patron Saint of Cancer sufferers

What is a "Saint"? 
You don't usually imagine a recognised Saint as having been a young thug who once attempted to punch-out a priest.

Let me share a story dating back to the late 1200's. A young Peregrine Laziosi was part of a anti-papal political party, and during one uprising he heckled and then struck St. Philip Benizi in the face. If we were in St Philips position our natural instinct would have us duck or attempt to defend ourselves, but what would the Gospel have to say in this situation???

But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.
  Matthew 5:39

If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
Luke 6:29

 Well sure enough, this is what St. Philip Benizi did. Trusting wholeheartedly in God he not only wore the punch but turned his head and literally offered young Peregrine his other cheek. I'm sure you can imagine how surprised Peregrine was, in fact he was so overcome that he repented and converted to Catholicism. That moment had a profound effect on Peregrine. His request to Philip for forgiveness was received with kindness. Filled with remorse, Peregrine began pray more and to channel his energies into good works.

Peregrine joined the monastery and became widely known for his preaching, penances, and counsel in the confessional. It is believed that he was very dedicated, forsaking all the comforts of a life of ease. One of the special penances he imposed on himself was to stand whenever it was not necessary to sit. When tired he would support himself on a choir stall. As a result of this type of life, at the age of 60 he developed varicose veins which degenerated into cancer of the left leg. His condition deteriorated to the point that the physician decided to amputate his leg.

Did you know that cancerous cells can arise from almost any type of tissue cell and the word cancer actually refers to about 100 different diseases.

Anyway, On the night before the operation Peregrine spent time praying before a fresco of the Crucifixion. That night as he slept he had a vision where Jesus descended from the cross and touched the diseased leg with His divine hand. The following day, when the doctor arrived to perform the amputation he found no sign of the cancer. Peregrine was completely cured. Peregrine survived for a further 20 years or so, until he eventually died of a fever.

Did you realise that, according to the Cancer Council of Australia, at the current rates it is expected 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. This year, an estimated 124,910 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the Australian population. It is a leading cause of death in Australia – more than 43,700 people are estimated to have died from cancer in 2011.

Advances in our knowledge about prevention, early detection and treatment mean that over 60% of people diagnosed with cancer today can be effectively treated. Almost nine out of 10 children with cancer are effectively treated and go on to live normal lives. We have a lot more knowledge about the disease now than we did in St Peregrines time. Peregrine had the grace to answer every call of God and to fulfill His will in all the events of life, enduring painful sufferings with incredible patience while demonstrating to us through his total surrender to God that we should keep our trust and faith.

Remember that I said 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. That suggests it will either directly or indirectly effect all of us at some stage of our life. Many of us have heard the dreaded "C" word used in association with family and friends. Some of us have heard the doctor use the word referring to our own health. The medical profession can offer information and treatments, we can try changes in diet and lifestyle to avoid or combat cancers and we can offer words of encouragement to those we love, but more importantly we can turn to God. We can offer service and prayer. The lesson of Peregrine’s life is not that God worked a miracle, but that a faithful servant placed himself, unconditionally, in the hands of God. Peregrine’s trust in God therefore serves as a model for those dealing with sickness. 

St Peregrine is recognised as the patron saint to cancer sufferers. Patiently enduring his painful suffering he continually laboured for God and the salvation of souls, setting an amazing example for determination and commitment. If we think of our trials in life as God testing or strengthening us then St Peregrine passed with honours. 

This is one of the many St Peregrine intercessory prayers available online:
St. Peregrine, we come to you confidently to implore your aid with God in our necessity. You were converted instantly from a worldly life by the good example of one holy person. You were cured instantaneously of cancer by God's grace and unceasing prayer. In your gracious kindness please ask the Lord to heal us also in body, mind, and soul. May we then also imitate you in doing His work with renewed vigor and strength. Amen.

Prayers for the sick from the Book of Common Prayer:
O LORD and heavenly Father, who dost relieve those who suffer in soul and body: Stretch forth thine hand, we beseech thee, to heal thy servant N., and to ease his pain; that by thy mercy he may be restored to health of body and mind, and show forth his thankfulness in love to thee and service to his fellow men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

O  LORD Jesu Christ, thou great Physician: Look with thy gracious favour upon this thy servant; give wisdom and discretion to those who minister to him in his sickness; bless all the means used for his recovery; stretch forth thy hand and, according to thy will, restore him to health and strength, that he may live to praise thee for thy goodness and thy grace; to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen

God Bless

Sunday 8 September 2013

And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:19-22

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances,for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

There are so many things every day to be thankful for. 
Today,  as I absorb all that is around me, I am especially thankful that God has allowed me to experience His amazing creatures.

Click on image to enlarge. 
Pelican photo taken at Calvary Nursing Home in Cessnock NSW Australia.

Friday 6 September 2013

Thought for today - Acronyms from St Benedict Cross

May the Holy Cross be a light unto me.
Let the cross be my light.

And may the Dragon never be my guide.
Let the Demon be not my master.