HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B. MEMORIAL OF ST. BLAISE, PATRON AGAINST THROAT ILLNESSES
HOMILY THEME: MAY GOD FREE US FROM THROAT ILLNESS AND OTHER ILLNESSES
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Memorial of St. Blaise, Patron Against Throat Illnesses
Today is the memorial of St. Blaise, patron of those with throat illnesses. A mother brought her son to St. Blaise to ask help because her child had a fishbone in his throat. St. Blaise, in faith, was able to free the child from the painful fishbone. Two stories to witness to his powerful intercession.
When I was a deacon, six months before I am to be ordained, I noticed that after an hour of speaking, my throat will be in pain and get hoarse. My doctor told me that I have a weak throat and suffering from chronic Tonsilitis. He gave me some medicines and told me not to speak for a month. The late Fr. Jules Pastor, SJ told me to start a devotion to St. Blaise. I did. Now, I was healed. As a result, I was able to give retreats, talks, recollections, emceeing programs and is even involved in broadcasting at Radio Veritas!
Another story involves a friend who had a thyroid cancer. I recommended to him St. Blaise. Even if it was not his feast We prayed to St. Blaise and blessed him with crossed candles. I told him that come February 3, he should attend mass and have his throat blessed. He did and his sickness was gone. Since then he would not miss his throat being blessed on the memorial of ST. BLAISE. Try to go to mass today and have your throat blessed. If not, get two candles, form a cross, hold each candle and place the available corner on your throat and say:
“Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God free me from every throat illness and from every other illnesses. In the name of the Fathe and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen!”