From a reader:

Here in ___ , a young Catholic mother is in the final stages of breast cancer. While pregnant, Debbie ___ was diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctors wanted to abort the baby, but Debbie refused. The baby  (a healthy boy) is now two years old, but the mother is near the end, save divine intervention. Perhaps you could request prayer.


WDTPRSers… perhaps in your goodness, you would again think to ask God for a miracle in this concrete case of urgent need.

May I suggest that you ask this miracle through the intercession of Ven. Pauline Jaricot?

    Almighty God, who knew us all from before creation
    called us into being according to Your plan,
    and knit us together in our mother’s wombs,
    we humbly beseech You,
    through the intercession of Venerable Pauline Jaricot,
    who cared for the sick during her earthly life,
    that the young mother Debbie be swiftly and completely cured of her cancer
    for her sake,
    for her child’s sake,
    for her family’s sake,
    for our sake,
    and that Your glory and mercy may be manifest.

    Venerable Pauline, we ask you in this urgent need,
    pray now before God’s throne
    that Debbie be completely and swiftly healed by God’s miraculous act,
    that He be glorified in its working,
    that we be edified by His mercy,
    that you may be better recognized as God’s good servant.
    Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we thank you for your gifts and mercy.
    In Jesus’ Name we beg that this be done according to God’s will.


May we have ALL WDTPRSers do this?

Those of you who are registered, chime in.

Also, remember that praying to many saints and angels, while praiseworthy, makes the authentication of the miracle for more difficult. 

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  1. Henry Edwards says:

    Through the intercession of Venerable Pauline Jaricot.

  2. Nan says:

    Have prayed.

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  6. Matthew in Vancouver says:

    Venerable Pauline Jaricot, pray for Debbie, and for us.

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

  7. Elizabethrose says:


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  9. Louis says:

    Prayed the prayer. I will pray my rosary now for these intentions.

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  13. laurazim says:

    Consider it done.

  14. TNCath says:


  15. Mrs McG says:

    Please, God!

  16. Ioannes Andreades says:


  17. chcrix says:

    Done earlier. Will do again today and tomorrow.

  18. Margaret says:

    Done. Will repeat several more times today & tomorrow.

  19. Inkstain says:


  20. jonathanm says:

    Prayers for Debbie have been offered.

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  24. rakesvines says:

    The said the suggested prayer.

  25. Nora says:

    Through the intercession of Venerable Pauline Jaricot.

  26. don Jeffry says:

    Done! In Cristo, don Jeffry

  27. avecrux says:

    I just prayed.
    Thank you, Father, for passing this along

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  31. liebemama says:

    through the intercession of Pauline Jaricot

  32. Flambeaux says:

    Certo. Through the intercession of Ven. Pauline Jaricot.

  33. lucy says:

    May it be God’s divine will that Debbie experience a miracle through the Ven. Pauline.

  34. Eyeawa says:

    Thy will be done. Amen

  35. r.j.sciurus says:

    Through the intercession of Venerable Pauline Jaricot.

  36. Venerable Pauline Jaricot, pray for her!

  37. Mitchell NY says:

    Done and was happy to do so. My faith is strong so please update us when cured of all ills.

  38. Josephus Muris Saliensis says:

    Pater. Ave, Gloria, and your prayer, Father.


  39. Singing Mum says:

    Done. And off to looking up Pauline Jaricot.

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  42. gkeuter says:

    Prayer offered. Thanks for posting this Father.

  43. Vincentius says:


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  46. Kate says:

    Prayed with my daughter!

  47. sugrue says:


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  56. LaudemGloriae says:

    Venerable Pauline, Pray for us.

  57. Tantum Ergo says:

    Thanks, Ven. Pauline Jaricot and Fr. Z

  58. Reginald Pole says:


  59. Done, plus a Hail Mary.

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  62. Hamburglar says:

    Prayed for this brave young woman.

  63. moon1234 says:


  64. MPetryjr says:

    Amen! God bless her and her family.

  65. bernadette says:

    I prayed for this suffering young mother.

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  68. Al says:

    Provide healing to her Lord and also to my friend Wade. Amen

  69. BMKoenig says:


  70. Done, and am forwarding to family and friends.

  71. Random Friar says:


  72. MikeM says:

    I recently had a moving encounter with some Little Sisters of the Poor. As I understand it, one of soon-to-be-Canonized Jean Jugan’s miracles was the healing of a cancer patient medicine deemed about hopeless. I’ll say a Novena for her intercession in this case.

    I’m saying the prayer for the intersession of Ven. Pauline Jaricot right now, too.

    I pray that God’s infinite providence and infinite comfort will work for this family. :)

  73. Lord in your mercy, hear us!


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  75. Paul Knight says:


  76. Accomplished Father.

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  81. Sherrytex says:

    Perhaps you could give some of us who aren’t as current on those being considered for sainthood by giving a bit of background on the Venerable Pauline Jaricot. I know I can google and I will, and I will pray. Just a thought to always keep the newbies (like me) up to speed.

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  83. stjoeky says:

    I have said the prayer but am shaken at the similarity with my own daughter’s experience — with one HUGE exception. Erika, my daughter, is 32 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed with breast cancer at 20 weeks. What shakes me to the core is that it seems Debbie, for whom we are praying, must not have known what we know — cancer CAN be treated during pregnancy. Our daughter traveled to MD Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston, TX for further diagnosis and found that they have been treating cancer during pregnancy for the past 20 years. There have been NO detrimental effects on these babies during this time!

    Erika is currently undergoing chemotherapy, locally in Kentucky, for her breast cancer and the baby is doing fine! Baby Rachel Eleonore is growing by leaps and bounds, shows off for the ultrasound every three weeks, and is experiencing no side effects at all! She is fittingly due on Thanksgiving Day and should be no worse for her mother’s trials. Erika, on the other hand, will resume another round of chemo and then have a bilateral mastectomy shortly after delivery.

    As a 3.5 year survivor myself, I am well aware of the need for quick treatment. Erika and I are generations 5 and 4, respectively, and our ancestors didn’t fare so well. My mother died at 58 and my grandmother at 42. The gene we carry is the BRAC-1 triple negative gene which also carries a heightened risk of ovarian cancer. Ours is not some namby pamby gene!

    The reason I share this is for all of the other ‘Debbies’ out there who may think they have no choices. Abortion has been proven to be of no benefit at all in the prognosis in pregnant breast cancer patients while chemotherapy has been shown to do no harm to the babies. Please God that as many pregnant cancer patients as possible be made aware of this important medical information. Note that we are not well-to-do, just an average working class family. Lives CAN be saved! God’s blessings to Debbie, may He heal her!

  84. muerknz says:

    I have prayed.

  85. Supertradmom says:

    On this feast of St. Francis, I ask him for a miracle. I have just had breast cancer surgery with a good prognosis. May God have mercy on this dear young mother.

  86. Lori Ehrman says:

    Prayed as directed!

  87. anniemw says:

    Praying and hoping – anniemw

  88. carolonkauai says:

    Prayed said.

  89. carolonkauai says:

    Prayer said.

  90. 4mercy says:

    prayer said.

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  93. irishgirl says:

    Prayed the prayer you posted, Father Z.

    Through the intercession of Blessed Pauline Jaricot, Amen.

    Sherrytex-I can give you some background on Venerable Pauline [hope you don’t mind, Father Z]. She was of a well-to-do French family, and grew up during the French Revolution and its aftermath. Her early life was rather frivolous-clothes, parties, that kind of thing. A freak accident in her home-she was reaching up for a box on a shelf or closet when she lost her balance and fell off a chair-left her with impaired health for the rest of her life.

    She founded the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and the ‘Living Rosary’. When she made a pilgrimage to Italy in a dying state, she was cured at the shrine of St. Philomena in Lugano. The news of the cure was the beginning of the widespread devotion to St. Philomena, then a young unknown martyr whose tomb was found in the catacombs around the same time. Pauline corresponded with St. John Vianney, the Cure of Ars, who became one of St. Philomena’s greatest devotees.

    Pauline was interested in helping the working class. She invested a lot of money in a Catholic ‘factory town’ in France-but some fellow investors were crooked and the venture failed. She spent the rest of her days trying to repay the debts that were incurred in this project.

    Oh-some of the Catholic hierarchy in France were very jealous of Pauline’s success with the Society for the Propagation for the Faith [sounds like ‘deja vu all over again’ when you think about Mother Angelica, EWTN, and the attitudes of the Bishops of the US]. But the Cure of Ars was a great support to her in her sufferings and trials.

  94. irishgirl says:

    Er-should have said, ‘Venerable Pauline Jaricot’.

    Maybe I’d better use the ‘Preview’ button before posting a long one like this…sorry…

  95. Agnes says:

    Late to the punch, but -finis et amen.

  96. ejcmartin says:

    Please add to your prayers “Diana” who is a single mother with two young children and is near death. She has no family at all and as she nears death her only concern is finding someone to care for her children.

  97. Amy MEV says:

    Amen. And I add to my prayer my sufferings today, which include the pain of losing my daughter, six months gestation, stillborn.

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