August 23 St. Rose of Lima

Suffering will never be completely absent from our lives. If we accept it with faith, we are given the opportunity to share the passion of Jesus and show him our love.
One day I went to visit a lady who had terminal cancer. Her pain was tremendous.
I told her, “This is nothing but Jesus’ kiss, a sign that you are so close to him on the cross that he can kiss you.”
She joined her hands and said, “Mother, ask Jesus not to stop kissing me.”

-St. Teresa of Kolkata


Prayer to St. Blaise

Dear Bishop and lover of souls, you willingly bore heavy crosses in faithful imitation of Jesus. Similarly, with Christlike compassion you cured many sufferers. Then after undergoing horrible tortures you died as a Martyr of Christ. Obtain a cure for these (mention intentions) ills if this is agreeable to God.