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20 Healing Saints for Common Ailments

20 Healing Saints for Common Ailments

With regards to worries for our wellbeing and the strength of our friends and family, we ought to dependably swing to petition. We petition God for infection aversion, for physical mending, and for the tranquility of soul while persisting physical torment. Luckily, there is by all accounts a unique holy person for pretty much every disease and wellbeing concern we can consider!

The holy people are incredible guides to us in our desperate hour and help direct us to more prominent love for Christ through our crosses and preliminaries, particularly with regards to our wellbeing. Here is a rundown of both famous and not really surely understood holy people to conjure for regular sicknesses:

  1. Addictions – St. Maximilian Kolbe
  2. Babies, Infants, Children’s Health – St. Philomena
  3. Back Pain – St. Gemma Galgani
  4. Breast Cancer – St. Agatha
  5. Broken Bones – St. Stanislaus Kostka
  6. Cancer – St. Peregrine
  7. Chronic Illness and Suffering – St. Lidwina of Schiedam
  8. Cramps, Abdominal Pain – St. Erasmus of Formiae (St. Elmo)
  9. Diabetes – St. Josemaria Escriva
  10. Epilepsy and Seizures – St. Vitus
  11. Eye Disorders – St. Lucy
  12. Heart Disease, Heart Attack – St. John of God
  13. Infections – St. Agrippina of Mineo
  14. Infertility, Miscarriage, Childbirth – St. Gerard
  15. Kidney Disease – St. Benedict
  16. Obesity, Stomach Ailments – St. Charles Borromeo
  17. Pain, Suffering, Healing – St. Pio of Pietrelcina
  18. Skin Disease – St. Anthony of the Desert
  19. Stress, Anxiety, Mental Health – St. Dymphna
  20. Strokes, High Blood Pressure – St. Andrew Avellino
Saints Of The Day – Gertrude The Great And Margaret Of Scotland 

Saints Of The Day – Gertrude The Great And Margaret Of Scotland 


O God, who made Saint Margaret of Scotland wonderful in her outstanding charity towards the poor, grant that through her intercession and example we may reflect among all humanity the image of your divine goodness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

O God, who prepared a delightful dwelling for yourself in the heart of the Virgin Saint Gertrude, graciously bring light, through her intercession, to the darkness of our hearts, that we may joyfully experience you present and at work within us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Almighty and merciful God, graciously keep from us all adversity, so that, unhindered in mind and body alike, we may pursue in freedom of heart the things that are yours. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 

St. Margaret (c. 1045-1093) was the great-niece of St. Edward the Confessor. She was a Saxon princess, raised in Hungary in exile. Returning to England, she had to flee once again after the Battle of Hastings, to the court of Malcolm, the King of Scotland, whom she married shortly thereafter. She proved to be a model mother and exemplary queen who brought up her eight children in an atmosphere of great devotion and worked hard to improve the morality of her subjects.

St. Gertrude, a Benedictine nun of the monastery of Helfta, in Saxony, is one of the great mystics of the Middle Ages. She was favored by visions of our Savior and has left a marvelous account of them in a book which she called Revelations. St. Gertrude introduced the devotion to the Sacred Heart which, four centuries later, St. Margaret Mary spread throughout the Church. She died at the beginning of the thirteenth century.

St. Margaret of Scotland
She was born in Hungary (1046), where her father was living in exile, and likewise spent her childhood there as an unusually devout and pious girl. In the course of time she went to England, when her father was called to high office in his fatherland by his uncle, King St. Edward III. Fortune, however, soon reversed itself again (Margaret’s father died suddenly in 1057), and upon leaving England a mighty storm — or better, divine Providence — brought her to the shores of Scotland. Upon instructions from her mother, Margaret married Malcolm III, king of Scotland, in 1069. The country was blessed by her holy life and by her deeds of charity for the next thirty years. Her eight children she zealously trained in the practice of Christian virtues.

In the midst of royal splendor Margaret chastised her flesh by mortification and vigils and passed the greater part of the night in devout prayer. Her most remarkable virtue was love of neighbor, particularly love toward the poor. Her alms supported countless unfortunates; daily she provided food for three hundred and shared in the work of serving them personally, washing their feet and kissing their wounds.

—Excerpted from the Roman Breviary

Queen Margaret of Scotland is the secondary patroness of Scotland. Margaret’s copy of the Gospels is preserved in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.

Patron: Death of children; large families; learning; queens; Scotland; widows.

Symbols: Black cross; sceptre and book; hospital.

Often portrayed as: queen, often carrying a black cross, dispensing gifts to the poor.

Things to Do:

  • Read more about this wonderful wife and mother: Life of St. Margaret of ScotlandCatholic Encyclopedia entry, and David McRoberts’ essay.

  • Give special attention to the virtue of charity today by performing some service for the poor, i.e., send alms, buy baby things for a local crisis pregnancy center, take a food donation to a food pantry.

  • Offer your support (even if it is just a little morale) to a mother with young children who is trying to raise her children to love God.

  • If you are a mother with young children, pray to St. Margaret to help you imitate her zeal in training her children.

  • If you are a mother and need a little boost, read Cardinal Mindszenty’s book, The Mother.

  • Today it might be fun to cook a pot of Scottish soup in honor of St. Margaret who probably cooked many pots of soup herself.

  • For nameday celebrations of St. Margaret, a crown cake, denoting her rank would be appropriate; a book cake would recall the love she had for Sacred Scripture. Chocolate “coins” wrapped in gold foil could be distributed to guests in memory of her generosity.

St. Gertrude
St. Gertrude the Great, a Cistercian nun, is one of the most lovable German saints from medieval times, and through her writings she will remain for all ages a guide to the interior life. She was born in 1256 at Eisleben and at the age of five taken to the convent at Rossdorf, where Gertrude of Hackeborn was abbess. Similarity in name has often occasioned confusion between the two Gertrudes. Our St. Gertrude never functioned as superior.

In spite of much ill-health, Gertrude used her exceptional natural talents well, knew Latin fluently. When she was twenty-five years old (1281), Christ began to appear to her and to disclose to her the secrets of mystical union. Obeying a divine wish, she put into writing the favors of grace bestowed upon her. Her most important work, Legatus Divinae Pietatis, “The Herald of Divine Love,” is distinguished for theological profundity, sublime poetry, and unusual clarity. How it stimulates love of God can be felt only by reading it; Abbot Blosius is said to have read it twelve times each year. St. Gertrude died in 1302, more consumed by the fire of God’s love than by fever.

Excerpted from The Church’s Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.

Patron: Nuns; travellers; West Indies.

Symbols: Crown; lily; taper; seven rings; heart with IHS; heart.

Things to Do:

Reflections On The Solemnity Of All Saints – November 1.

Reflections On The Solemnity Of All Saints – November 1.


“Where we are they were and where they are we shall be”

(Apoc 7:2-4.9-14; 1John 3:1-3; Matt 5:1-12)


Every November 1 is celebrated in Western Church as the Solemnity of All Saints, a feast that dates back to Pope Gregory IV (827-844) and Pope Gregory VII (1020-1085). Today the holy mother Church celebrates her sons and daughters, known and unknown whose efforts and virtues are considered to have earned them rewards with God. 

Many of them are ordinary people coming from all walks of life. Some of them are anonymous Christians: men and women in various cultures and in various ages who never had the opportunities of membership of the body of Christ but diligently and obediently followed the dictates of right conscience and bore witness to the Truth in their hearts. 

Many of our ancestors are therefore among those we celebrate their good deeds, and consequently of the beatific vision they now enjoy in heaven. Thus, the first reading of today bears witness to inumerable heroes and heroines of virtues: their number is uncountable, coming from every nation, from all tribes and people and tongues (Revelation 7).

Solemnity of All Saints includes three basic elements:

Thanksgiving: We give thanks to God for the lives of these array of saints; they are actually the masterpieces of God’s work now made “children of God indeed”. We do not in any way ascribe glory that belongs to God to the saints when we venerate them, rather we give glory to God through them; for their graces are God’s gifts to them. Today is a celebration of wonders of God’s graces in the saints.

Memorial: We consider their examples and emulate them. Their is no better and shorter way to Christian perfection than emulation of the heroic virtues of the saints. Their experiences are filled with practical theologies for life. St. Paul once asked his followers to emulate him as he emulates Christ (1 Corinthians 4:16). 

Celebration of Hope: When we consider the persecutions, difficulties and pains, these brothers of ours underwent for the sake of Christ and the Church, we are hopeful that God will always accompany us with his graces. What we suffer, they suffered, even more. Where we are they were, and where they are we shall one day be. God has not finished with us yet. Let us also have recourse to communion with the saints especially with our patron saints for they are eager to assist us in our prigrimage here.

As we celebrate the Church triumphant, let us pray that God may bestow on us through the prayers of so many intercessors an abundance of reconciliation with him and our neighbour which we earnestly long, through Christ our Lord. amen.

-Written By Fr.Leonard.

St. John Bosco Shares An Encounter He Had With The Ghost Of His Dead Friend.

St. John Bosco Shares An Encounter He Had With The Ghost Of His Dead Friend.

Bosco’s dear friend died and returned from the grave to fulfill a promise.

The supernatural is more real, and yet more complex, than today’s materialist culture would have us believe. To such purely secular thinking the following tale reveals that there are more things in heaven and earth… Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Admittedly, the advice that follows on from it may sound strange to modern ears and that prevailing ideology, however, for that I make no apology as it is both a warning and also, mercifully, a remedy, nay a protection, against that which wishes us harm. We would do well to heed it.

Often we will hear “ghost stories” around the campfire, and for the most part these are fictional tales told to entertain children. However, sometimes they are real, as is the case of St. John Bosco and his friend Louis Comollo.

Our tale begins in Italy, in 1839, with the tolling of a bell as a young seminarian was laid to rest. And as the earth was heaped upon the casket below, those assembled slowly dispersed.

One of those present, as well as being a friend of the deceased was also a seminarian (John Bosco). And it was to that place of formation that he started to walk back to just as the first hints of night began to draw in. As he did so, his thoughts returned to a curious conversation some months previously, one with the seminarian just buried, and thereafter to an even stranger pact entered into …

The two had been firm friends. Both devoutly religious, at the end of that curious conversation, they had agreed, that whichever of them died first then he would return from the grave and tell the other of what happened next. 

Perhaps it was born from piety, more likely from a boyish prank, as neither expected to die for quite some time. Then, shortly afterwards, one of them did die. 

His name was Louis Comollo; he was the frailer of the two, but still his death was unexpected. His friend (St John Bosco) was as shocked as the whole seminary proved to be. He mourned this loss with a difference, however, for he did so with a sense of expectancy.

As he sat through the subsequent Requiem Mass, he waited, he listened, he watched for a sign – any sign – but none came. Nothing. And so, on that mournful day, and as the mortal remains of his friend had finally been laid to rest, all seemed forever shrouded in an opaque silence. 

Finally that night, the mourner arrived back at the seminary in the Italian town of Cheri, not far from Turin. It was late, but his thoughts were far from sleep. His bedchamber was a dormitory, one he shared with other seminarians; by then, all were sound asleep. He was unable to join them, though. Instead, he was to sit on the edge of his bed, with a mind unusually tense and that still pondered what had taken place that day; it was then just as the clocks struck the midnight hour that it began…

Bosco writes about this encounter he had with his deceased friend, Comollo in his Memoirs, an experience he never expected would happen.

“Given our friendship and the unlimited trust between Comollo and me, we often spoke about the separation that death could possibly bring upon us at any time.

One day, after we had read a long passage from the lives of the saints, we talked, half in jest and half in earnest, of what a consolation it would be if the one of us who died first were to return with news about his condition.

We talked of this so often that we drew up this contract:

“Whichever of us is the first to die will, if God permits it, bring back word of his salvation to his surviving companion.”

I did not realise the gravity of such an undertaking; and frankly, I treated it lightly enough. I would never advise others to do the like. We did it, however, and ratified it repeatedly, especially during Comollo’s last illness. In fact, his last words and his last look at me sealed his promise. Many of our companions knew what had been arranged between us.

Comollo died on April 2, 1839. Next evening he was solemnly buried in Saint Philip’s Church. Those who knew about our bargain waited anxiously to see what would happen. I was even more anxious because I hoped for a great comfort to lighten my desolation. That night, after I went to bed in the big dormitory which I shared with some twenty other seminarians, I was restless. I was convinced that this was to be the night when our promise would be fulfilled.

About 11:30 a deep rumble was heard in the corridor. It sounded as if a heavy wagon drawn by many horses were coming up to the dormitory door. It got louder and louder, like thunder, and the whole dormitory shook. The clerics tumbled out of bed in terror and huddled together for comfort. Then, above the violent and thundering noise, the voice of Comollo was heard clearly. Three times he repeated very distinctly: “Bosco, I am saved.”

All heard the noise; some recognized the voice without understanding the meaning; others understood it as well as I did, as is proved by the length of time the event was talked about in the seminary. It was the first time in my life I remember being afraid. The fear and terror were so bad that I fell ill and was at death’s door.

I would never recommend anyone to enter into such a contract. God is omnipotent; God is merciful. As a rule he does not take heed of such pacts. Sometimes, however, in his infinite mercy he does allow things to come to fulfillment as he did in the case I have just described.

God allowed such an encounter for a purpose, likely to remind Bosco of the reality of the afterlife and to urge him on in the practice of the faith. While we may never see a ghost in our lifetime, let us never doubt the existence of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory and live our lives as though they do exist.

As to the veracity of what took place: I have no reason to doubt any aspect of the story given that its teller and subject, the then living participant of the pact in question, was none other than the man who would later become known to the world as Don Bosco.

St John Bosco, Pray For Us! 

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