Who among you is wise and understanding?

Monday, May 16, 2016

 Who among you is wise and understanding?
St. Peregrine

The reading from James today has this statement :

 Who among you is wise and understanding?
Let him show his works by a good life
in the humility that comes from wisdom.
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts,
do not boast and be false to the truth.
Wisdom of this kind does not come down from above…

Today is a day in which the liturgy honors St. Peregrine Laziosi (1260-1345). In his early life, he operated out of wisdom that did not come from above;  however he came face to face with someone who had true wisdom and his life was changed for the better.   Peregrine was born in Forti, Italy.  He was a member of an anti-papal party. One day, when the head of the Servite order, St. Philip  Benzini was preaching, Perigrini  heckled and struck him.  Shortly after this incident, he asked pardon of St. Philip and was so impressed at being forgiven that he entered the Congregation, became ordained as a Servite priest and was outstanding in his preaching, his holiness and his care for the sick and the poor. As part of penance he imposed upon himself, he stood whenever he didn’t have to assume some other stance. Because of this he had problems with his veins and developed cancer of the foot.  On the night before the surgeon was going to amputate his foot, he prayed before the crucified Jesus asking God to heal him if it was God’s will.  During the night he had a vision of the crucified Jesus coming off the cross and touching his leg.  When he woke up, he was healed.  He is the patron of AIDS and cancer patients.  The National Shrine of Saint Peregrine is located at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago, Illinois,

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