St.Peregrine Laziosi was born in Forli, Italy in AD 1265 of
well-to-do parents. As a young man he led a rebellious and
dissolute life and was very hostile to the Church. On one
occasion, he punched St. Philip Benizi viciously in the face. This
good and gentle saint meekly turned the other cheek. St. Peregrine
was so deeply moved that he immediately changed his ways.
The Blessed Virgin appeared to him in a vision urged him to «go
to Siena» and join the Servites of Mary. For 30 years
thereafter, he led a life of repentance, prayer, and, whenever
possible, solitude and silence. He was ordained a priest and
became an eloquent preacher, persuasive in reconciling sinners.
He suffered from an ugly foot cancer which was extremely painful
and made him revolting to others. Through it all he showed
patience and courage. The night before he was to have his foot
amputated, he was miraculously cured while he slept. He became,
as a result, the patron of all who suffer from foot ailments,
cancer or incurable diseases. St.Peregrine died at 80 in 1345.
He was canonized in 1726.