We hear a psalm in each of our masses, and so often the words of the psalms very simply and eloquently express emotions and sentiments that we can identify with. These words stood out to me today in Psalm 16: “Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope…. Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge” So often we want to find safety in God, because we don’t find safety or stability in some of the situations in which we find ourselves in life.
St Peregrine is one of the saints we celebrate in the month of May. Peregrine Laziosi was born to a wealthy family in northern Italy in the papal states in the middle of the 13th century. In the midst of a community dispute, the Prior General of the Prior Servants of St Mary was called in to bring peace. 18-year-old Peregrine physically attacked him in the midst of this dispute. Peregrine later repented asked the Prior General for forgiveness. A few years later, Peregrine joined the Order of Servites and was ordained a priest. As a priest, he was known for his love of the poor and sick, for his holiness and great preaching. He practiced austerity and a simplicity of life. Peregrine contracted cancer in his leg to the point where his doctor planned to amputate it. The evening before the planned operation, Peregrine prayed before a fresco of the Crucifixion. While praying, he entered a dream-like trance where he visualized Christ coming off his crucifix and touching his wounded leg. The next day, the doctor told him that his leg had been miraculously healed. Peregrine developed a strong following, with many people coming to him for healing. Peregrine today is the patron saint of those suffering from cancer and AIDS.
Whether we are suffering from a terrible disease like cancer or whether we are going through the struggles of our daily lives, we cry out to the Lord in for Him to be our safety and refuge. With our trust in God, we will endure.