When it comes to concerns for our health and the health of our loved ones, we should always turn to prayer. We pray for disease prevention, for physical healing, and for peace of soul while enduring physical suffering. Fortunately, there seems to be a special saint for just about every illness and health concern we can think of!
The saints are great aids to us in our time of need and help guide us to greater love for Christ through our crosses and trials, especially when it comes to our health. Here is a list of both popular and not-so-well-known saints to invoke for common ailments:
Abdominal Disease – St. Charles of Mount Argus
Addictions – St. Maximilian Kolbe
Anxiety, Autism, Depression – St. Dymphna
Appendicitis – St. Erasmus
Patron of Recovering Alcoholics – St. Matthias
Arthritis – St. Alphonsus Ligouri
Babies, Infants, Children’s Health – St. Philomena
Back Pain – St. Lawrence
Lower Back Pain – St. Gemma Galgani
Bone Disease – St. Romedio of Nonsberg
Breast Cancer – St. Agatha
Broken Bones – St. Stanislaus Kostka
Burns – St. John the Apostle
Cancer – St. Peregrine
Childhood Illness – St. Alypius the Stylite
Chronic Illness and Suffering – St. Lidwina of Schiedam
Cramps, Abdominal Pain – St. Erasmus of Formiae (St. Elmo)
Diabetes – St. Josemaria Escriva
Diseases of the Eyes – St. Adelaide of Villich, St. Reineldis
During Difficult Labor – St. Margaret of Antioch
Edema or Swelling – St. Leobinus
Epilepsy and Seizures – St. Vitus
Eye Disorders – St. Lucy
Eye and Leg Pain – St. Ermelinda of Meldert
Gout – St. Apollinaris of Ravenna
Hansen’s Disease – St. Damien de Veuster
Head Injuries – Blessed John Licci
Headaches – St. Teresa of Avila
Heart Disease, Heart Attack – St. John of God
Impossible Causes – St. Jude Thaddeus
Infections – St. Agrippina of Mineo
Infertility, Miscarriage, Childbirth – St. Gerard
Intestinal Disorders – St. Bonaventure
Intestinal Illness – St. Erasmus
Job-Related Stress – St. Walter of Pontoise
Joint Pain – St. Werenfrid
Kidney Disease – St. Benedict
Lung and Respiratory Problems – St. Bernardine of Siena
Patroness of those Suffering from Mental Illness – St. Christina Mirabilis
Obesity, Stomach Ailments – St. Charles Borromeo
Pain, Suffering, Healing – St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Patroness of the Sick Poor – St. Maria Soledad Torres-Acosta
Poisoning – St. Benedict
Skin Disease – St. Anthony of the Desert, St. Marculf
Stress, Anxiety, Mental Health – St. Dymphna
Strokes, High Blood Pressure – St. Andrew Avellino
Surgery – St. Luke the Evangelist
Throat Ailments – St. Blaise
Toothache, Dental Problems – St. Apollonia, St. Antipas of Pergamum
Vertigo – St. Ulrich of Augsburg
Wounds – St. Rita
We too can involve the angels in our lives. Here are some prayers for their powerful intercession.
Angel of Gethsemane
O Angel of Gethsemane, chosen by the Father
to bring strength and consolation to Jesus during His agony,
I ask you to be with me now as I keep watch over my loved one who is sick and suffering.
Help me to offer my best care, love and protection to this child of God.
May my words and my touch be filled with gentleness, my presence bring comfort, and my prayers bring rest and healing sleep.
Do what I cannot do, O loving Angel, to bring healing and strength to soul and body, according to the Father’s will. Amen.
Archangel St. Raphael
Glorious Archangel Saint Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace.
You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners. I beg you, assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels.
Because you are the medicine of God, I humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of my soul and the ills that afflict my body. I especially ask of you the favor (mention your request here) and the great grace of purity to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.
St. Raphael, of the glorious seven who stand before the throne of Him who lives and reigns, Angel of health, the Lord has filled your hand with balm from heaven to soothe or cure our pains. Heal or cure the victim of disease and guide our steps when doubtful of our ways. Amen.