Tuesday, February 03, 2015
"You know," she said, "today is the feast of St. Blaise. He's the patron saint for anything to do with the throat…" The patient responded eagerly, "I'm not Catholic--I'm Episcopalian--but I'll gladly take his help!" So my sister recited the "blessing of St. Blaise" prayer and assured the patient that they were going to go through the surgery with a very special intercessor.
The patient's agitation diminished rapidly, and the surgery went well.
In fact, one of the other nurses had already had her throat blessed that morning, even though she didn't know what St. Blaise had to do with it. Yet another staff member dismissed the whole topic scornfully. ("You Catholics!") It became an occasion for Mary to witness to the Catholic understanding of intercession and of the Body of Christ.
Has St. Blaise ever given you an opportunity to witness to the faith--or maybe to suffer a bit of ridicule for it?
Posted by Sr Anne Flanagan at 9:14 AM