St. Philomena is the only saint ever to be canonized solely on the basis of her numerous miracles, some of them spectacular and public. She came to be called “The Wonder Worker,” and it was commonly said, “to St. Philomena, nothing is refused.” Among the countless people healed by her intercession is Ven. Pauline Jaricot who arrived at the shrine on the verge of death. She was dramatically healed amid shouts and rapping on the saint’s tomb from the crowd that was there. Philomena was St. John Vianney’s favorite saint. He talked to her every day, and had a small chapel built for the relic of her he was given. He encouraged devotion to her. Endearingly, he attributed all his miracles to her intercession.
A Reading From the Second Letter of Paul to Timothy:
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we have died with him,
we will also live with him;
if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
The Word of the Lord
-Thanks be to God
St. Philomena the Wonder Worker, reigning now with Jesus our King, we are in need of a miracle in our lives. [Here mention your request and talk to St.Philomena about the situation.] With faith in the intercessory power God has given to you, and by merit of the hardships you endured for the sake of the Church, help us on our way to salvation, and pray for us and with us for the miracles we hope to see in our lives.
St. Philomena, child of Mary, may the Queen of Heaven visit us in our unjust imprisonments in life, and heal our wounds, encourage us in our darkness, and give us hope of new life and of living out God’s will for us for His glory, as she did.
Radiant girl, courageous and free of heart, our friend and guide, protect us, lead us, for the glory of God.
St. Philomena, be blessed and pray for us.
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