Through the intercession of St. Blaise...

I just left church where a long line of people were still waiting to have their throats blessed for the feast of St. Blaise . I decided months ago that I would try not to miss this particular feast this year and left my sick husband in charge of the children in order to make it on time (yes, I feel terribly guilty). For the past few years I have been battling an auto-immune illness that seems to be primarily affecting my throat and gastrointestinal system. I'll gladly accept any assistance I can get and particularly the intercession of this great Saint and martyr!

To be honest, I assumed that the most I would get today might be a general blessing of throats. Instead, Father did individual blessings for everyone in attendance which is the first time I have experienced that in my adult life since leaving Catholic school. The priest held two consecrated candles in a crossed position on the throat of each person and prayed:

"Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from ailments of the throat and from every other evil. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

I am incredibly grateful for the individual blessing I received and for all of the smells, bells and sacramentals of the Church. They are a consolation and a sign that God does not disregard our physical needs. He created a beautiful world with sights and sounds that all point to His beauty and power. He designed our physical bodies and knows them better than we do. Every element of our lives is important to Him and He wishes us to be filled with His love and grace, body and soul. I could have simply prayed from home for the intercession of St. Blaise but the physical blessing was a great gift. I matter to God. My throat matters. He knows of it and thinks of it. I do not know if it is His will that I be healed in body but I know that today I received special graces of healing, somehow, according to His perfect plan. May His holy will be done.

Posted on February 3, 2010 and filed under "St. Blaise".