Best patron saint for Parkinson's Disease sufferers?


#1

Hi Everybody,

My mom has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease for about six months now. It’s a tough situation and I really pray for her. I’d like to do a novena for her. I was thinking of St. Peregrin, the saint of cancer and AIDS sufferers, etc. Would that be the best saint?

Also, I’ve found several sources for novenas for Peregrin but since I’m a bit new to novenas, I was wondering, is a rosary required for novenas? Do we just say the prayer for nine days sincerely or do we pray the novena prayer AND say a rosary with it? My wife from the Philippines claims a rosary is always a part of any novena. I never see any reference to the rosary on these novenas?

I’d like everyone’s input. My mom, Sally, is really in need of prayer. She has strong tremors in her leg, foot, arm, and she’s had two knee replacements as well as rotator cuff surgery, all in the last four years. Add to that the Parkinson’s and she has had a full plate of suffering. I wish a miracle from Christ could come.

I’d love your input! God bless!
Scott:thumbsup:


#2

Scott, your mother is blessed to have you for her son.
What you wife says may be a custom in the tradition she is familiar with, and a laudable one, but as far as the Church is concerned, any novena can be offered with or without the Rosary. A novena can be a simple prayer that you choose to offer every day for nine days, or a set of prayers. You could even write a specific prayer from your heart for your Mom to offer for nine days.
From the Catholic Encyclopedia: *A nine days’ private or public devotion in the Catholic Church to obtain special graces. The octave has more of the festal character; to the novena belongs that of hopeful mourning, of yearning, of prayer. “The number nine in Holy Writ is indicative of suffering and grief” (St. Jerome, in Ezech., vii, 24; – P.L., XXV, 238, cf. XXV, 1473). The novena is permitted and even recommended by ecclesiastical authority, but still has no proper and fully set place in the liturgy of the Church. It has, however, more and more been prized and utilized by the faithful. *
I will pray for your Mom


#3

I’d recommend praying to the late John Paul II, who was a Parkinsons’ sufferer :slight_smile:

Otherwise St Bartholomew the Apostle and St Dymphna are both patrons against neurological diseases, which I believe Parkinsons’ is.


#4

Why dont you pray to Former POPE JOHN PAUL || to pray for your mum and so on. he had the same problem and understands too. some people that has asked him to pray for them he has helped a nun and a 9 year old child to walk again. with the power of GOD dont forget. which happened in march i think. his not a saint yet but he will be soon.


#5

There doesn’t seem to be a patron of those suffering Parkinson’s at the moment (although no doubt Pope John Paul II will be selected for that office when he is raised to the altar). However, two saints come to mind for sufferers of painful physical ailments. St. Alphonsus Liguori suffered a terrible bout of rheumatic fever that left him weak and paralyzed, and unable any longer to lift his chin off his chest (resulting in a terrible sore on his chest).

The other is Bl. Margaret of Castello: dwarfed, lame, blind, and hunch-backed. Her parents were so ashamed of her that when she was little, they walled her up in a cell next to a chapel; later, they put her in a dungeon, and finally abandoned her in a strange town. She saw her physical sufferings as a path to sanctity, and used them accordingly.


#6

LILYM you got in before me. oh well we both had the same great intentions


#7

O my Jesus, please grant to all victims of Parkinson’s Disease and Junior Parkinson’s Disease the graces of patience, charity, hope, salvation, and sanctification. If it is Your Will, heal them of their afflictions, just as You healed the leaper.

Please also pray for my girlfriend, she has Junior Parkinson’s Disease.


#8

Thanks so much to all of you for your advice. The John Paul II idea makes so much sense. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it seeing as how he suffered so horribly from that affliction. My own parents saw him when they visited Rome only about five months before he passed on…

I appreciate your thoughts, wishes, and advice. If you think of anything more, let me know! I hope you can say a prayer for her, too! God bless you all!:thumbsup:

Scott


#9

Praying for a miracle from JESUS.


#10

I, too, am. But if our Lord wants your mother to suffer this disease may she suffer it lovingly, patiently and bravely like Pope JPII did. Like JPII, may your mother suffer in union with Christ’s suffering and offer it up for the salvation of her soul and for the salvation of all souls. Amen.


#11

Praying for all

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now,
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


#12

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now,
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


#13

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now,
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


#14

#15

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now,
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


#16

Just an update everybody…I decided to listen to everyone and try praying to John Paul II. I actually spent a long time a few nights ago writing my own novena to him and I’ve prayed it a few days now. If anyone is interested I can share it although I’m a bit shy as to whether it lives up to the beautiful novenas we’ve all read for years.

Keep my mom, Sally, in your prayers, everybody, while I do this novena! Thanks for the warm thoughts!

Scott


#17

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death. Amen


#18

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now,
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


#19

Lord help those who suffer from Parkinson’s to find treatment, stability to health and physical, emotional, and psychological peace and comfort, in this their hour of need, Amen.


#20

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now,
and at the hour of our death.
Amen.


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