Saint of the Day – 31 May – Blessed James Salomoni OP (1231-1314) Father of the Poor, Apostle of the Afflicted

Saint of the Day – 31 May – Blessed James Salomoni OP (1231-1314) Priest of the Order of Preachers, “Father of the Poor,” “Apostle of the Afflicted,” Miracle-worker graced with the ability to cure sickness. Born as Giacomo Salomoni in 1231 at Venice, Italy and died on 31 March 1314 of cancer at Forli, Italy. Patronages – cancer patients, of the sick. Also known as James the Venetian, Giacomo Salomonio, surname spelled variously as Salomone, Salomonelli, Salomonius,

James was born in Venice, in 1231, the only child of noble parents. His father died when he was very young and his mother became a Cistercian nun, leaving him to the care of his grandmother. She did well by her orphaned grandson and James became a good and studious boy, who responded eagerly to any spiritual suggestions.

Under the direction of a Cistercian Monk, he learned to meditate and on the Monk’s counsel, James became a Dominican at the Convent of Sts John and Paul, in Venice, as soon as he was old enough. He gave most of his money to the poor and arrived at the Convent with just enough left, to buy a few books. Seeing that one of the Lay Brothers there was in need of clothing, he gave his final small sum to the him and entered empty-handed.

James wore the Dominican habit with dignity and piety, if not with any worldly distinction, for sixty-six years. He was humble and good and obedient and there was nothing spectacular about his spirituality. He was well-known for his direction of souls but he fled, even from the distinction this work brought him.

Even his retiring habits did not protect him, for the people of Venice beat a path to his door. In self -defence, he transferred to another house, that of Forli. This was a house of strict observance and very poor. Nothing could suit him better. For the remainder of his life he worked and prayed in Forli, going out to visit the sick in the hospitals and spending long hours in the Confessional. His charity to the poor and the sick gave the name ” Father of the Poor.”

God granted James the grace of miracles during his lifetime. Once, while he was hearing the confession of a pious woman, she saw the Holy Spirit, in the form of a white dove, sitting on his shoulder and whispering into his ear. Another time, a young girl was cured through his prayer for her, of a terrible cancer on her leg.

James was himself afflicted with cancer, during the last four years of his life. At his death, the cancerous wound on his chest disappeared, leaving only a faint scar and from it arose a fragrant aroma.

He died on 31 May 1314, in his eighty-third year. His relics now lie in the Basilica of Sts John and Paul in Venice.

Devotion to Blessed James has been approved and encouraged by several Popes. In 1526 he was officiallt Beatified by Pope Clement VII


O BLESSED JAMES, during your life you received, with utmost tenderness, those who came to you with their afflictions of body and soul, consoling them even to the point of working miracles on their behalf. Now that you are in Heaven, listen to my poor prayers and out of your goodness, help me in my needs with your unfailing intercession.

(Here state your intentions)

Obtain for me, I beg you, the grace to imitate your virtues, especially your generous love of God and neighbour, your profound humility, your tender devotion to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Obtain for me too, patience in adversity, fortitude in suffering and preserve me from those dreadful ills against which you are invoked as a special protector.

May your assistance help me to live a holy life on earth, so that I may deserve to be with you some day in the glory of Heaven.

V. Blessed James Salomoni
R. Pray for us.

Saint of the Day – 1 May – Saint Peregrine Laziosi OSM (1260-1345) the “Angel of Good Counsel.” Today is the 675th anniversary of his death.

Saint of the Day – 1 May – Saint Peregrine Laziosi OSM (1260-1345) known as the “Angel of Good Counsel,” Priest of the Servite Order (The Order of Servants of Mary ), Apostle of the poor and the sick, Miracle-worker, Spiritual Advisor – born in 1260 at Forli, Italy and died on 1 May 1345 at Forli, Italy of natural causes, aged 85.  Today is the 675th anniversary of his death.   Patronages – against cancer, against breast cancer, against open sores, against skin diseases, AIDS patients, sick people, Diocese of Forli-Bertinoro, Italy, City of Forli, Italy.   St Peregrine’s body is Incorrupt. st peregrine-1- header 675 years anniversary of death 1345-2020

Peregrine Laziosi was born in Forli, Italy, the only son of well-to-do parents.   In his teens he joined the enemies of the Pope in his hometown and soon became a ringleader of rebels.

Pope Martin IV had placed Forli under a spiritual interdict which closed churches in the city, hoping to bring its citizens to their senses.   That failing, he sent St Philip Benizi, of the Order of Servites (Servants of Mary), as his personal Ambassador to try to bring peace to the angry rebels.

No welcome mat was spread for the Papal Delegate.   While addressing crowds of malcontents one day, he was dragged off the rostrum, beaten with clubs and pelted with rocks.   Peregrine knocked him down with a vicious blow to the face.   Moments after, stricken with remorse, the youth cast himself at the feet of the bruised and bleeding Priest and asked for his forgiveness, which was granted with a peregrine holy card

Peregrine became a staunch champion of Philip Benizi.   He heeded Philip’s suggestion and often prayed in Our Lady’s chapel in the Cathedral.   While kneeling there, he had a vision of the Blessed Mother holding in her hands a black habit like the one the Servites wore.   “Go to Siena,” Mary told the astonished Peregrine. “There you will find devout men who call themselves my servants.   Attach yourself to them.”

The Servites gave him a warm welcome  . He was clothed ceremoniously in the religious habit by Philip Benizi himself.

Daily he sought to become a more fervent religious man.   To atone for past misdeeds he treated himself harshly and worked hard for the poor and afflicted.   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.ST PEREGRINE ICON SML

After being Ordained a Priest, he was sent back to Forlì, where he founded a new Servite house there and became well known for his preaching and holiness as well as his devotion to the sick and poor.   He miraculously multiplied grain and wine during a severe shortage in his area.   People took to calling him the “Angel of Good Counsel,” so grateful were they for his wise advice so freely given.

At the age of 60, he developed an infection in his right leg.   It was so painful that he finally agreed with the surgeon who wanted to amputate.   The night before the scheduled surgery, Peregrine spent hours in prayer before a fresco of the Crucifixion in the chapter room.   Then he fell into a deep trance-like sleep and seemed to see Christ descend from the Cross and touch his leg.   The thrill of it woke him up.   In the dim moonlight he saw that his leg, carefully bandaged a few hours earlier, was completely healed.St-Peregrine-XXX

The following day, the doctor arrived to perform the amputation and finding no sign of the cancer, news spread of the miraculous cure throughout the town.   This only increased the regard Forlineses’ for Peregrine.   When they were sick they appealed to his prayers.   Some were cured when he whispered “Jesus” into their ears.   The Church has since appointed him Patron of persons with cancer, or any incurable disease.ST PEREGRINE FRAMED

Peregrine died on 1 May 1345 of a fever, aged 85.   An extraordinary number of people from the town and countryside honoured his death.   Some of the sick who came to his funeral, were healed immediately, through his intercession.

His body rests in the Servite church of Forlì, the Basilica of Saint Pellegrino Laziosi.   Pope Paul V declared him Blessed in 1609 and Pope Benedict XIII Canonised him in 1726.Findlay window St Peregrine

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.   Thousands of clients especially those who have been cured by his intercession, pay him special honour today, his Feast, each year.

Prayer to St Peregrine
for his Intercession

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 your unceasing prayer.
In your gracious kindness,
please ask the Lord to heal us also in body, mind and soul.
May we then imitate you in doing His work
with renewed vigour and strength.
Amenprayer to st peregrine for his intercession 1 may 2020