When my father was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, it felt like a punch in the gut. The man who was the leader of our pack needed to be carried through some very dark days. Being raised Catholic, he turned to the church as a great source of comfort and strength. A friend from church visited him and gave him a small laminated card with the Prayer of St. Peregrine on it. He recited this prayer to himself multiple times a day, especially while going through chemotherapy treatments. My dad battled for 18 months and then we had to say goodbye. The St. Peregrine prayer card was by his bedside every day. Even when he knew there would be no cure he prayed for peace through his journey.
When I started working at CourageInStone.com in 2008, I came across the St. Peregrine Token on my first day and smiled. It may sound silly to some, but I felt like Dad was watching and helped me come to work in a place that would uplift people. I hope you will remember this coin if you or someone you know ever needs a small symbol of hope. The back reads:
Help me, Guide me, in this fight;
Give me courage, strength and might.