" Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart? "
St. Gerard Majella C.Ss.R
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alphonsus10St Alphonsus is known as the patron of Arthritics as he suffered from the condition for many years.

St. Alphonsus, you are the special patron of all who suffer from arthritis and the pains of many years. When our fingers twist with pain, keep us focused on the hands of Christ pierced with nails.When our knees throb with endless aches,allow us to see the knees of Jesus smashing to the street under the heavy cross. When our backs stiffen with soreness, let us remember the back of Christ thrown across the cold, rough wood of the cross. When our hips, elbows, knuckles, and other joints hurt so much that tears well up in our eyes, help us to recall the tears, the sweat, and the blood that flowed from our crucified Jesus Who suffered so much more for each of us.

St. Alphonsus,you were afflicted with curvature of the spine and confined to a wheelchair in your final years.Teach us to unite all our pains with the sufferings of Jesus. By your intercession may our pains be eased - but even more, may we be one with Jesus in his death and resurrection for the redemption of the world.

 
Amen.