Saint Lydwine, born in Schiedam, Holland, emerged as the patroness of sickness following a life marked by profound suffering and mystical experiences. One of nine children in a working-class family, her life took a tragic turn following a severe injury in 1396. While ice skating, a collision led to a rib fracture that never healed, triggering a cascade of debilitating illnesses.

These afflictions included continuous headaches, fever, and severe muscular spasms, among others. Notably, Lydwine also experienced the stigmata and was plagued by bedsores, toothaches, and eventual blindness. Despite her constant pain, she believed her suffering was divinely ordained, viewing her myriad illnesses as a means to atone for humanity’s sins.

Her spiritual endurance attracted the attention of Thomas a Kempis, who documented her life and experiences. Acknowledging her sanctity, Pope Leo XIII canonized her in 1890. Lydwine’s feast day is celebrated on April 14.

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  1. St. Lydwine pray for me to the Lord Our God. Help me Dear God to offer up to your divinity all my sufferings. Refresh me in thy most precious blood shed during your passion. Keep me forever in the knowledge of your glorious Resurrection when you overcame the death brought about by our sinfulness and promise the faithful eternal life. Praise God forever.

  2. St. Lydwine, please pray for my mom and all the sick people in the world that they may get better in Jesus Name Amen..

  3. St. Lydwine, please pray for my niece who has a tumor in her throat and needs immediately surgery. They have no financial help and the doctors have said it could lead to cancer if not immediately removed. Pray to Jesus for my niece we have a Mighty God and I have great faith she will not suffer. I pray for her healing please intercede for this intention. Amen

  4. St. Lydwine, my husband, brothers, sister and sister-in laws and my daughter are suffering from pain either of the legs or back please pray to God to ease their suffering. On this your feast day Jesus will not refuse whatever you ask for him for us. Thank you.

  5. St Lydwine, I lift up my nephews (2 of them), niece and sister in law who are going through depression or are disturbed please pray to Jesus for their healing. Anything you ask of Jesus today he will not refuse so please lift up all my petitions and intercede for us. Amen.

  6. St. Lydwine, please pray for all who are physically or mentally impaired in my family and for my husband. Ask Our heavenly father to restore them to optimum health, forgive them and us our sins, and lead them and us to a perfect union with Christ, especially my wonderful children, my friends’ children and all who do not yet recognize that there is a holy way. Foe my wonderful friend’s, I ask you to assist them in all their trials and bring them peace and happiness. I ask also for Bill, who is extremely ill. That he and Angela will be able to go through what is coming and find peace and holiness through this trial. Amen.

  7. St. Lydwine, please intercede and ask for a healing of my niece Colleen who has a mass on her kidney. She has 3 little kids who need her. St. Lydwine and St Peregrine please pray for her!

  8. St Lydwine , today on your feast day i ask for your intercession to our Lord Jesus Christ for healing in our family. My mothers eyesight, cancer, Diabetes, knee issues,autism, Seizures, and all other sicknesses… Thank you in advance AMEN

  9. St Lydwine, please intercede on my behalf. I pray for my divine healing and for all my family members and all the Faithfuls suffering from different sicknesses.

  10. Saint Lydwine, pray for the immediate cure of my daughter who is suffering from AVM a surgery is immediately needed and my financial difference is also an issue to do so. Please melt her AVM for there will be no more surgery but a healing from your merciful heart. This I ask of you to strengthen our faith to our savior Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

  11. Dear St. Lydwine, Please pray for my list of those with various illnesses, and help them to heal in this life. Amen


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