When cancer strikes, it can be a crushing blow not only physically, but spiritually. It is a difficult cross to bear, one that God mysteriously allows in our fallen world.
Yet, during his short life on earth Jesus healed many people who came to him in sincere faith. While we must always seek proper medical attention for whatever ails us or our loved ones, God also wants us to reach out to him. One way to do that is through the intercession of the saints.
In particular, one saint who is known for his powerful intercession and healing of those suffering from cancer is St. Peregrine. An Italian saint from the 14th century, Peregrine suffered from a cancerous infection in his leg, which was miraculously healed during his lifetime. After his death Peregrine became known as the Patron of Cancer Patients and countless miracles have been attributed with his intercession.