Do you have a headache? Call on St. Teresa of Avilla. Do you have stomach issues? Call on either St Timothy or St Elmo.
God is the ultimate healer. Scripture offers examples of God’s healings throughout the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Such healings are otherwise unexplainable and truly miraculous.
In addition to praying to our Lord, we can solicit prayers from holy people, both living and deceased. We can ask them to pray our prayers along with us. Saints are noted for their holiness, so they offer us partners to call upon when we are in need. Mary, Jesus’ mother is the greatest of all saints. Many believe Jesus answers our prayers more completely when we ask her to join us in requesting an answer.
Countless other saints are known for their powerful prayers in regard to cures. Most have a particular area of interest, and so we recognize them as a patron saint of an illness or condition.
Following are some patron saints and the patronage they are associated with. If you don’t recognize a name, search online for information. Sites such as Franciscan Media’s Saint of the Day and Catholic Online offer short biographies of hundreds of saints and angels.
Arthritis: Alphonsus, Maria de Liguori, James the Great
Bacterial infections: Agrippina
Bowel disorders: Bonaventure
Cancer: Agatha, Giles, Peregrine Laziosi, Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore Guerin
Disabilities: Giles, Seraphina
Contagious Disease: Roch, Sebastian,
Eye Diseases: Aloysius Gonzaga, Clare of Assisi, Cyriacus, Herve, Lucy of Syracuse, Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore Guerin, Odilia, Raphael the Archangel,
Feet: Peter the Apostle, Seratus, Roch
Head injuries: John Licci
Headaches: Teresa of Avila
Hearing: Francis de Sales, Cornelius
Heart Disease: John of God
Kidney Disease: Benedict, Drogo, Margaret f Antioch, Ursus of Aosta, Ursus of Ravenna
Knee troubles: Roch
Loneliness: Rita of Cascia
Lungs, Respiratory: Bernadine of Siena, Theresa
Mental Illness: Dymphna
Migraine: Gemma Galgani
Skin Diseases: Antony the Abbott, Peregrine Laziosi, Roch
Stomach Diseases: Brice, Charles Borromeo, Timothy, Wolfgang
Strokes: Andrew Avellino, Wolfgang
Wounds: Aldegundis, Rita of Cascia
(You can see more of this in my book, Young in the Spirit. Spiritual Strengthening for Seniors and Caregivers, which is available from Amazon.com, ACTA Publications, and my website. You also may be interested in checking out my other blog, Midwest Mary.)