Born wealthy in 1269 at Forli, Italy. He spent a worldly youth, and became involved in
politics. Peregrine was initially strongly anti-Catholic. During a popular revolt, he struck the papal peace negotiator, Saint
Philip Benizi, across the face. Saint Philip calmly turned the other cheek, prayed for the youth, and Peregine converted.
He received a vision of Our Lady who told him to go to Siena, Italy, and there to join the Servites. After training
and ordination, they assigned him to his home town. He lived and worked, as much as possible, in complete silence, in solitude,
and without sitting down for 30 years in an attempt to do penance for his early life. When he did speak, he was known as a
fervant preacher, excellent orator, and gentle confessor. Founded a Servite house at Forli.
A victim of a spreading
cancer in his foot, Peregrine was scheduled for an amputation. The night before the operation, he spent in prayer; that night
received a vision of Christ who healed him with a touch. The next morning, Peregrine found his cancer completely healed.
of natural causes 1345 in Forli, Italy. Beatified 11 September 1792 by Pope Clement XI and Canonized 27 December 1726 by Pope
O glorious wonder worker, Saint Peregrine, you who answered the divine call with a ready spirit, forsaking
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
most Holy Mother; you who labored manfully for the salvation of souls, merting the title Apostle of Emilia; you who in union
with Jesus crucified, endured the most painful sufferings with such patience so as to deserve to be miraculously healed from
an incurable wound in your leg by Him with a touch of His divine hand: obtain for us, we pray, the grace to answer every call
from God; enkindle in our hearts a consuming zeal for the salvation of souls; deliver us from the infirmities that so often
afflict our bodies; and obtain for us the grace of perfect resignation to the sufferings which may be sent to us; so may we,
imitating your virtues and tenderly loving our crucified Lord and his sorrowful Mother, be enabled to merit glory everlasting
in paradise. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
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