Saint Peregrine

Peregrine Laziosi was born well-to-do not poor,

a rebel, not saintly, fighting, not praying.

Oddly, choosing to stand when others sat.

Did Jesus once descend from the cross

and cure his cancerous leg? We pray.

Peregrine is the patron saint of those suffering from cancer. The lesson of his life is not that God worked a miracle, but that he was a faithful servant who placed himself in the hands of God.

Non-believers cite his recovery as an example of the potency of the immune system in fighting cancer.

Peregrine died on May 1st, 1345 and many people pay him special honor on May 1st each year.


Gargoyle, from the French

gargouille, throat, gullet (dragon) from Latin gurgulio,

gar, “to swallow,” gurgling sound of water

from this grotesque spout conveying rainwater away

from walls and mortar, always turned away

from spire, prayers, hymns, smoke and fire.



Gargoyle, Notre Dame, Paris


Latin vaccinus, from vacca “cow” because of

early use of cowpox virus against smallpox.

I remember the massive Sabin oral vaccine

for polio first developed by Jonas Salk.

Vaccines stimulate the production of antibodies

provide immunity against one or several diseases

using disease to treat without inducing disease.

“Our greatest responsibility,” said Dr. Salk Vaccine,

“is to be good ancestors.” We too

use our life to inoculate against life.

A 1963 poster featured CDC’s national symbol of public health, the “Wellbee”, who was encouraging the public to receive an Sabin Type-II oral polio vaccine in campaigns across the United States. (via Wikimedia)