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Saint Philomena, In Her Own Words

St. Philomena the Wonder-Worker: Her Story in Her Own Words

Aug 10, 2016 By Genevieve Cunningham

She is not well known everywhere, but knowledge of Saint Philomena seems to be steadily growing. Catholics around the world are discovering her and becoming fervently devoted. Her beautiful name is familiar on their lips.

But this is quite a recent development.

Saint Philomena was martyred under the reign of Diocletian around 300 A.D. For more than fifteen hundred years, she became an unknown martyr, joining the numbers of beautiful but nameless souls who had died for Christ.

But it seems that Jesus wanted to share her with the world.

The Discovery of A Forgotten Saint

In 1802, a worker’s pickax struck the surface of a tomb in the darkness of an underground cemetery, within the catacombs of Priscilla. A Vatican overseer was notified and came with several other witnesses. Sand was cleared away; the tomb of a martyr was unearthed. Three funeral tiles bore the words PAX TECUM FILUMENA. [Peace be with you, Philomena] The letters were painted in a vermilion-red lead and were still easily legible.

Saint Philomena's tomb was hidden for about 1500 years. It's time to learn about this amazing saint! "...documented by Msgr. Ponzetti, Custodian of the Holy Relics, as bearing 'FILUMENA,' an interpretation of the epitaph consistent with...the ancient custom of beginning inscriptions from the second tile..."

When competent authorities examined the remains found within, they discovered them to be the bones of a young woman between the ages of 13 and 15.

With due reverence, the remains were taken to the treasury of Sacred Relics, and placed with care; but nothing at all was known about the saint, and it seemed that this would always be the case. How could anything more be discovered about a young woman who had died 1,500 years ago?

But Philomena’s legacy had just begun.

Philomena Shares Her Story

Some years after her relics were discovered, the saint revealed her story to three different people. These three people had never met each other, lived in different places around the world, and yet reported accounts of Philomena’s life that were eerily identical.

The best-known account was given to Venerable Mother Maria Luisa di Gesù, a Dominican tertiary. In August of 1833, Mother Luisa was praying before a statue of Saint Philomena, and felt a keen desire to know the details of Philomena’s life and martyrdom. Later, when she was in her cell, her prayerful desire was granted. The gentle voice of Philomena spoke to her.

Meet Saint Philomena! If you aren't devoted to her yet, she may just become one of the most important intercessors in your life. Saint Philomena

So here is the story of this lovely saint, told in her own words.

"My dear Sister, I am the daughter of a Prince who governed a small state in Greece. My mother is also of royal blood. My parents were without children. They were idolaters. They continually offered sacrifices and prayers to their false gods.

A doctor from Rome named Publius lived in the palace in the service of my father. This doctor professed Christianity. Seeing the affliction of my parents, by the impulse of the Holy Ghost, he spoke to them of Christianity, and promised to pray for them if they consented to receive Baptism. The grace which accompanied his words enlightened their understanding and triumphed over their will. They became Christians and obtained the long desired happiness that Publius had assured them as the reward of their conversion. At the moment of my birth, they gave me the name of "Lumena," an allusion to the light of Faith of which I had been, as it were, the fruit. The day of my Baptism they called me "Filumena," or "Daughter of Light," because on that day I was born to the Faith. The affection which my parents bore me was so great that they had me always with them.

It was on this account that they took me to Rome on a journey that my father was obliged to make on the occasion of an unjust war with which he was threatened by the haughty Diocletian. I was then thirteen years old. On our arrival in the capital of the world, we proceeded to the palace of the Emperor and were admitted for an audience. As soon as Diocletian saw me, his eyes were fixed upon me. He appeared to be pre-possessed in this manner during the entire time that my father was stating with animated feelings everything that could serve for his defense.

As soon as Father had ceased to speak, the Emperor desired him to be disturbed no longer, to banish all fear, to think only of living in happiness. These are the Emperor’s words, ‘I shall place at your disposal all the force of the Empire. I ask only one thing, that is the hand of your daughter.’ My father, dazzled with an honor he was far from expecting, willingly acceded on the spot to the proposal of the Emperor.

When we returned to our own dwelling, Father and Mother did all they could to induce me to yield to Diocletian’s wishes and theirs. I cried, ‘Do you wish, that for the love of a man, I should break the promise I have made to Jesus Christ? My virginity belongs to him. I can no longer dispose of it.’

‘But you were young then, too young,’ answered my father, ‘to have formed such an engagement.’ He joined the most terrible threats to the command that he gave me to accept the hand of Diocletian. The grace of my God rendered me invincible, and my father, not being able to make the Emperor relent, in order to disengage himself from the promise he had given, was obliged by Diocletian to bring me to the Imperial Chamber.

I had to withstand for some time beforehand a new attack from my father’s anger. My mother, uniting her efforts to his, endeavored to conquer my resolution. Caresses, threats, everything was employed to induce me to compliance. At last, I saw both of my parents fall at my knees and say to me with tears in their eyes, ‘My child have pity on your father, your mother, your country, our country, our subjects.’

‘No! No,’ I answered them. ‘My virginity, which I have vowed to God, comes before everything, before you, before my country. My kingdom is heaven.’

My words plunged them into despair and they brought me before the Emperor, who on his part did all in his power to win me. But his promises, his allurements, his threats, were equally useless. He then flew into a violent fit of anger and, influenced by the Devil, had me cast into one of the prisons of the palace, where he had me loaded with chains. Thinking that pain and shame would weaken the courage with which my Divine Spouse inspired me, he came to see me every day. After several days, the Emperor issued an order for my chains to be loosed, that I might take a small portion of bread and water. He renewed his attacks, some of which would have been fatal to purity had it not been for the grace of God.

The defeats which he always experienced were for me the preludes to new tortures. Prayer supported me. I did not cease to recommend myself to Jesus and his most pure Mother. My captivity had lasted thirty-seven days, when, in the midst of a heavenly light, I saw Mary holding the Divine Son in her arms.

‘My daughter,’ she said to me, ‘three days more of prison and after forty days you shall leave this state of pain.’

Despite the fact that Saint Philomena was unknown for about 1500 years, she is now loved by many and has been portrayed by many devoted artists. Different artists' portrayals of Saint Philomena

Such happy news made my heart beat with joy, but as the Queen of Angels had added that I should quit my prison, to sustain, in frightful torments a combat far more terrible than those preceding, I fell instantly from joy to the most cruel anguish; I thought it would kill me.

‘Have courage, my child,’ Mary then said to me; ‘are you unaware of the love of predilection that I bear for you? The name, which you received in baptism, is the pledge of it for the resemblance which it has to that of my Son and to mine. You are called Lumena, as your Spouse is called Light, Star, Sun, as I myself am called Aurora, Star, the Moon in the fullness of its brightness, and Sun. Fear not, I will aid you. Now nature, whose weakness humbles you, asserts its law. In the moment of combat, grace will come to lend you its force, and your Angel, who was also mine, Gabriel, whose name expresses strength, will come to your aid. I will recommend you especially to his care, as the well beloved among my children.’

These words of the Queen of virgins gave me courage again, and the vision disappeared, leaving my prison filled with a celestial perfume. I experienced a joy out of this world. Something indefinable.

What the Queen of Angels had prepared me for was soon experienced. Diocletian, despairing of bending me, decided on public chastisement to offend my virtue. He condemned me to be stripped and scourged like the Spouse I preferred to him. These are his horrifying words.

‘Since she is not ashamed to prefer to an Emperor like me, a malefactor condemned to an infamous death by his own people, she deserves that my justice shall treat her as he was treated.’

The prison guards hesitated to unclothe me entirely but they did tie me to a column in the presence of the great men of the court. They lashed me with violence until I was bathed in blood. My whole body felt like one open wound, but I did not faint.

The tyrant had me dragged back to the dungeon, expecting me to die. I hoped to join my heavenly Spouse. Two angels, shining with light, appeared to me in the darkness. They poured a soothing balm on my wounds, bestowing on me a vigor I did not have before the torture.

When the Emperor was informed by the change that had come over me, he had me brought before him. He viewed me with a greedy desire and tried to persuade me that I owed my healing and regained vigor to Jupiter, another god that he, the Emperor, had sent to me. He attempted to impress me with his belief that Jupiter desired me to be Empress of Rome. Joining to these seductive words promises of great honor, including the most flattering words, Diocletian tried to caress me. Fiendishly, he attempted to complete the work of Hell which he had begun. The Divine Spirit to whom I am indebted for constancy in preserving my purity seemed to fill me with light and knowledge and to all the proofs which I gave of the solidity of our Faith, neither Diocletian nor his courtiers could find an answer.

Then, the frenzied Emperor dashed at me, commanding a guard to chain an anchor around my neck and bury me deep in the waters of the Tiber. The order was executed. I was cast into the water, but God sent me two angels who unfastened the anchor. It fell into the river mud, where it remains no doubt to the present time. The angels transported me gently in full view of the multitude upon the riverbank. I came back unharmed, not even wet, after being plunged with the heavy anchor.

Diocletian attempted to kill Saint Philomena by a variety of ways, but God prevented it by miraculous means until He was ready to call her home.

When a cry of joy rose from the debauchers on the shore, and so many embraced Christianity by proclaiming their belief in my God, Diocletian attributed my preservation to secret magic. Then the Emperor had me dragged through the streets of Rome and shot with a shower of arrows. My blood flowed, but I did not faint. Diocletian thought that I was dying and commanded the guards to carry me back to the dungeon. Heaven honored me with a new favor there. I fell into a sweet sleep, and I found myself, on awaking, perfectly cured.

Diocletian learned about it. ‘Well, then,’ he cried in a fit of rage, ‘let her be pierced with sharp darts a second time, and let her die in that torture.’ They hastened to obey him. Again, the archers bent their bows. They gathered all their strength, but the arrows refused to second their intentions. The Emperor was present. In a rage, he called me a magician, and thinking that the action of fire could destroy the enchantment, ordered the darts to be made in a furnace and directed against my heart. He was obeyed, but these darts, after having passed through a part of the space which they were to cross to come to me, took a quite contrary direction and returned to strike those by whom they had been hurled. Six of the archers were killed by them. Several among them renounced paganism, and the people began to render public testimony to the power of God that protected me.

These murmurs and acclamations infuriated the tyrant. He determined to hasten my death by ordering my head to be cut off. My soul took flight towards my heavenly Spouse, who placed me, with the crown of virginity and the palm of martyrdom, in a distinguished place among the elect. The day that was so happy for me and saw me enter into glory was Friday, the third hour after mid-day, the same hour that saw my Divine Master expire."

The Roman Emperor Diocletian attempted to change Saint Philomena's mind by scourging, arrows, drowning, and such. But she remained faithful to Christ and was ultimately beheaded.

Saints Who Loved This Saint

There are many saints who were deeply devoted to Philomena. They sought out her intercession, had great trust in her desire to help them, and spread devotion to her among the people around them. Here are several of those saints:

  • Saint John Vianney (Cure de Ars)
  • Padre Pio
  • Saint Frances Cabrini
  • Saint Damien of Molokai
  • Saint John Neumann
  • Saint Peter Julian Eymard
  • Blessed Anna Maria Taigi

There is even a Saint Philomena Scapular as well as a Saint Philomena Chaplet that you can pray.

Sometimes, Saint Philomena chooses people. That is, she definitely seems to have chosen my younger brother Liam! He first happened to read a brief pamphlet about her that was placed in a local parish when he was a very young teen. He did not seek her out after that, but she kept popping into his life. For example, while visiting a shrine's gift shop, he plunged his hand into a bin full of medals and picked one at random. It was a Saint Philomena medal. Things like this would happen to him more than once.

One year, on his birthday, my mom asked him what he wanted for his birthday. He requested a book about Saint Philomena. (My mom was delighted but surprised that a teenage boy would ask for something like that.) Even more amazing—my brother decided to choose her as his confirmation saint! He was a little embarrassed, at first, to have a girl's name for his saint. But his devotion to her overcame his hesitance.

Regarding the Controversy Surrounding St. Philomena

St. Philomena's feast day was removed from the official liturgical calendar in the 1960s during the liturgical reforms of Pope John XXIII. This was due to the lack of verifiable historical evidence surrounding her existence, the fact that her miracles were not formally approved in the usual process, and that she was never officially declared a saint in the usual manner when her tomb was discovered in the 19th century.

This has led some to conclude that Philomena is not really a saint, and that it is wrong for Catholics to persist in venerating her as such—considering that she was removed from the liturgical calendar by the Sacred Congregation of Rites due to lack of credibility.

Indeed, St. Philomena's case is unusual. She was unknown in Church history until her tomb was discovered in modern times, after which miracles attributed to her intercession abounded. The papal response to the discovery of the relics and the resulting miracles (at least one of which was known personally to the Holy Father) was that Pope Gregory XVI, by papal decree, added her feast day to the liturgical calendar. This decree was based on her miracles alone, despite the lack of knowledge about her life and the absence of known veneration by previous generations of Christians.

At the time her body was discovered, there was not yet a canonization process by which miracles were painstakingly investigated as they are today—but the Holy Father gave approval to her public liturgical veneration with a Mass and a Divine Office, which is an acknowledgment of her heavenly status. This stands in place of the typical canonization procedure. It is indeed an irregular situation (likely based on the unusual way in which Philomena was discovered), however it is lawful for a pope to canonize a saint based on the fame of miracles alone apart from the usual procedure. Papal canonization is protected from error by the Holy Spirit. We can therefore say that Philomena is Saint Philomena.

She was not only given a feast day, however; she was also given an archconfraternity which was raised to a Universal Archconfraternity by papal decree. (Put simply, an archconfraternity is an association of Catholic faithful that ascribes to and promotes a particular devotion thereby enjoying certain privileges and graces.)

Although Philomena's feast was removed from the liturgical calendar, it does not follow that her veneration is forbidden; her archconfraternity and universal shrine still exist with papal approval, just as they have since their founding.

According to the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena:

From the liturgical approval of Pope Gregory XVI to the papal decrees of St. Pius X, Nineteen acts of the Holy See in the course of five successive pontificates were issued in positive promotion of popular devotion to Saint Philomena expressed in the form of elevations in rank of liturgical cultus, the erection of confraternities and archconfraternities, and the granting of plenary and partial indulgences."

Although the Church has removed her feast from the modern liturgical calendar, Pope Pius X declared that Philomena's veneration as a saint is part of the infallible Magisterium. You can read more detailed evidence for the lawful veneration of St. Philomena here.

Her Patronage

Saint Philomena is the patron saint of priests, youth (especially babies and children), the afflicted and imprisoned, the suffering and sick, afflicted mothers who turn to her for material or spiritual aid for their children, students and test-takers, young married couples, spiritual and temporal problems, and more. She is the Protectress of the Children of Mary. It is said: "There is no case too trivial or unimportant to concern her."

Why is her intercession powerful? Because she turns to the Blessed Mother! On one occasion, when she interceded on behalf of Mother Luisa (to whom she told the story of her life as mentioned earlier), Philomena then said to Luisa, "Have you seen how this was done? I asked the graces from Mary and, through Mary, they were granted to me."

Now that you've "met" Philomena, why don't you ask her to be your spiritual sister and intercessor? I am sure that she will be more than happy to intercede for you. After all, like all our family in heaven, she wants you to one day be there with her and with her Divine Spouse!


Have you ever heard of Saint Philomena before?

If not, what do you think of her?

If so, has she been of help to you in your seeking of Christ?

The amazing story of the little saint who was unknown for 1500 years

This article was originally published in August of 2016 and has been updated. © The Catholic Company. All rights reserved.


k.g. says
Jan 31 2019 3:39PM
Dear St. Philomena I love you so much, I loved you the moment my grandmother and grandfather shared your name with me. I have you in my heart all the time and I feel joy when I say your name and cry out for you. please help me, I want to be with him and I want him to be with me and only me. always. I love him , in love with him and he hurts me to the core. please show him the way in his heart to take the nasty negative thoughts he has and turn them positive towards me. show him that he does not need those nasty thoughts of his. we can grow together in a light so bright. please help me I love you so much , I love you.
Hilda G.F.
Hilda G.F. says
Jan 25 2019 12:14PM
Dear St. Philomena--I discovered you while praying from a St. Pio prayer book. I have been praying hard to Jesus to grant me through the intercession of our holy Mother Mary and the saints to whom I am devoted to grant me the miracle of removing an addiction to alcohol from my daughter. I saw your picture in the prayer book and I was curious. Then I went to the Chapel of a church that I was told held charismatic masses. There, I saw a small statue of you, St. Philomena, and that surprised me. Then I went to the gift shop of the church and while browsing through the prayer cards, your image on a card caught my attention. I looked you up on the Internet and read your story. So many saints had devotion to you, including Father Pio for whom I have great devotion. You are the saint of difficult causes. Please hear me and intercede for me. Pray for my daughter, Mili, that she may be cured. Please pray for her children and that her husband becomes a more loving and devoted father and husband. She needs to be respected and appreciated. Please hear me and I promise to forever be grateful and devoted to you. I ask the Father in Jesus name to hear your prayers and mine.
St. Philomena,

I ask that you pray and intercede for baby Andrew, my cousin's grandson. Please pray the doctors can get his blood sugar levels controlled and pray that he will grow and thrive in the care of the doctors at the hospital. Please pray for his parents. Pray for comfort and strength and this trial brings them closer to Our Lord.

Philip mwakacheya
Philip mwakacheya says
Jan 4 2019 12:31AM
St. Philomena please be a spiritual sister & intercessor. Amen
Tsally says
Dec 30 2018 6:44AM
St. Philomena, plz pray for my daughter who is unemployed. It's 3 yrs now. I'm not able to meet all her personal needs. Pray for my son and his wife to practice their Catholic faith and help one another in their path to holiness. Bless my grandchildren reverently. Help me finish my house. And finally pray for catholic priests to love purity above all.
O St. Philomena, powerful with God, pray for my good health. Please heal my pain on the left side of my chest and please cure my cough. Amen.God Bless Thee, O kind and powerful intercessor. Amen.
Adriana says
Dec 20 2018 11:14PM
Saint Philomena,

I ask you to intercede and grant me a miracle for my son Jose who was recently diagnosed with autism. I ask to please grant me this cure for my son. Give the ability to speak, to be social, to play, to not hit his head, to understand, to have mobility of all his limbs, to be able to express himself, to feel love, to understand emotions, to be express emotion and to do many more things. I ask you with all my heart and souls to please grant me this miracle.
Stephanie Q.
Stephanie Q. says
Dec 7 2018 5:58AM
Dear Saint Philomena. I humbly ask if you can heal my body so I can have a child one day, and to heal my cousin Antonia who is already a mother. I look forward to knowing more. Amen
Anne Marie Boyle
Anne Marie Boyle says
Nov 25 2018 4:17PM
Saint Philomena I am invoking you to save our souls, myself, Tony, our children and grandchildren.

I also ask for deliverance from my present situation, I desire to visit and or live near my daughter and grandchildren, who live far away. I am without funds to do this.

I ask for your strength of purity, for all of us, especially me.
BingOC says
Oct 28 2018 10:12PM
I never knew you, St Philomena until I was reading an article about the Curé of Ars, St. John Marie Vianney. Not only was you a favorite saint of him but also that of my favorite saint, St Padre Pio! I was touched with your story..I feel so overwhelmed right now upon reading it! I praise The Holy Trinity for allowing me to discover know you. I thank Mama Mary, St Padre Pio and St John Vianney and all the angels and saints.

St Philomena, pls pray for my husband..for my marriage...for my daughter ..for my family and for what we are going through right now.Pls ask Mama Mary to intercede for us to God, the Father in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Gabriela A.
Gabriela A. says
Oct 24 2018 9:32PM
A dear priest gave me one day two medals, one for each of my daughters, 13 and 7 years old at the time (now 14 and 8). One was of the Infant of Prague and the other of Saint Philomena. I thought who to give which medal. I chose to give the Saint Philomena to my 13 yr. old so she could read and learn about her because she was a saint that we hardly knew about. One night, I asked her if she had done any reading on her, but she said she didn’t. When we finally looked her up, we were astonished to see the remarkable resemblance of my daughter with her! Her face, her hair, her skin color, even the smallest details looked alike. It was as if I was looking at a painting of my daughter. I even took a picture of my daughter and have them side by side. I think it’s tru that she chooses who she wants to be known to... From then on, I always ask for her intercession!
joanne says
Oct 22 2018 8:26AM
Saint Philomena, you have created a miracle for me once and I have to ask you for another. Feb through June 2017 I prayed for your help. My then 5 year old grand daughter was living with her father and step mother/step family. Mental and physical abuse occured but was hidden, so authorities could not help. I prayed to you dearest Philomena for her to be sent to us. June 30th 2017, out of the blue we were informed that she was being sent on a plane by herself to us.

We have had her since then. No physical scars but the emotional ones were there. Through your love and guidance with the help of the Holy Mother she was healed, I will forever be in your debt.

This August 2018 we started proceedigs to keep her here as her father during this time spoke to her only once, sent no christmas gifts, no cards or letters, he abandoned her.

This past October 18th, our case was heard and denied. The American servicemans act protected the rights of a man who did not have the love of God in his heart for his child.

He speaks not of love or missing her, but of her belonging with him like a pair of shoes. Unfortunately, the childs mother is afflicted with drug addiction and although loves her is unable to care for her.

The grandmothers (there are 4) are making one last effort to place an injunction to keep her here. He broken soul was miraculously repaired by you and the HolyMother. She otherwise is required to return to Texas on Nov 1.

He wants her to have no reminders of us therefore we cannot send any items from here with her. She will have no contact with us ever again per her father and he will do all he can to make us dead in her eyes.

Saint Philomena I humbly beg of you to help us. I am not worthy i accept that, but my heart is breaking and I am fearful of what will happen once she is there

Her name is Chace, I am her Gram. She is my heart and soul. I would willingly give my life for hers.

Please help me. I wear your image around my neck.

I want her to stay here. Please envoke your miracles to protect her from harm. Keep her strong, keep her faithful knowing there are those here who love her.

I wish nothing for myself. Please help us.

Thank you blessed Philomena

Sandra says
Oct 4 2018 4:20AM
Please be with me on Friday, St. Philomena. I humbly ask you to intercede for God's favor for my health. And I thank you for this favor and grace, which will never be forgotten. Amen! Ex
St. Philomena,

I ask for your intercession for my daughter. That her heart stay healthy and work the way it is supposed to. And please pray for her anxiety about her heart problem to lessen. I also ask for your intercession for babies Raegan and Cayden. Please for their physical health and their little bodies and lungs grow stronger each day.

Thank you
Elizabeth says
Sep 17 2018 4:31AM
Pls St. Philomena,I came across ur pic

after looking at d Saints of marriage. Am in need of your help badly. Pls intercede for me because my marriage is broken down. My husband had a lot martial affairs and one is helll bent on taking my position as a wife..We r going through a divorce now but I believe God that with Him,nothing is impossible...pray for me and with me to get my husband back,Amen. I promise to make ur name known and also to live for creator forever...
Lourdes Navarro
Lourdes Navarro says
Sep 1 2018 4:47AM
St Philomena as I just read your life story and I am convinced that you are a martyr and a great intercessor. I beleive that through yournintercession you will help me to raise more funds to help people of our country, the Philippines. Help me organize more outreach program and give more to the needy through ACTS CATHOLIC PRAYER COMMUNITY-Love In Action Ministry. Thank you St Philomena.
Jeannette Jackson
Jeannette Jackson says
Aug 30 2018 11:10PM
St. Philomena, you were my father's "favorite saint". My dad, with you as his companion, brought many back to the church. He went on to raise a great deal of money

to help establish The Immaculate Heart Retreat House in Spokane, Washington. If he is not yet home with you, please intercede for him. As a patron saint of impossible causes, please pray for the souls in my family...many of whom have not even been baptized and two of my children who are alcoholics. Please dear Philomena.
Faustina Nerinye
Faustina Nerinye says
Aug 15 2018 3:56PM
My dearest Saint Philomena, i never heard or know about you until your recent feast day,help me trust in you and help me forget my past and concentrate on the future. Bless my upcoming marriage and bless my womb to be fruitful, intercede for me for healing in my fallopian tube my dearest sister.Bless my future husband,children and family.Amen
Thank you for sharing this! I have been painting St. Philomena this last year. I love that I am named for her and I am truly grateful I am able to create beautiful artwork to honor her.
Constance says
Aug 11 2018 10:09AM
I am so happy to meet you, dear St. Philomena. Your fortitude and faith and love of our Lady, our Virgin Mary, filled your heart, your whole being with the love that conquered fear.

I pray, through your intercession, for the Conversion of the youth of today who do not recognize true morality, due to the feelings pervading the world today...that honoring the sanctuary of one's body as the temple of God is not important. Intercede in the programming of mental and emotional brainwashing of our youth so that virginity for both male and female be recognized and in turn be practiced.

In God's love we praise your sainthood.
I discovered Philomena accidentally in a Catholic gift shop a month before finding out I was pregnant with my third child. I began having problems with the pregnancy, and started asking Philomena for her help. I had random bleeding, gestational diabetes, and high blood pressure. It was when I had an amniocentesis that I felt like she was with me. I closed my eyes and prayed, thinking about her and Mary and angels. I never felt the needle, and the doctor said that my uterus did not contract when pierced with that huge needle—something she had never seen before. I know I experienced a miracle. My perfect baby was born in September and we named her Mary Katherine Philomena.
Maria says
Jul 29 2018 9:30PM
St. Philomena. I found your story when looking for the St. Rita Novena. Since you are both saints of the impossible, I am asking you to help me with my relationship with my daughter who does not speak to me or live at home anymore. Your name is very special as it is my father's sister's name. Tragically, she died at a very young age like you from being misdiagnosed from mental health issues to what was really epilepsy according to my father and what he has told me. I think of her often. Please pray for me and my family and my father who vaguely remembers his sister and often cries about her.
Irene Mwase
Irene Mwase says
Jul 4 2018 1:45AM
Oh Dear beautiful St. Philomena, Its a pleasure to know something about you at Last! I thank God for the gift and example of you especially in these times when the spirit of impurity is roaming the world.

I pray my Dear friend, that you help me to fight this bad spirit, help my teenage daughter to live a pure life like you and in all help us to love God, love our blessed Mother, practice Charity and live the gospels and also becoming a beacon of light to those around us.

I love St. Philomena, thank you for visiting me, stay with me always.
Lauren says
Jun 25 2018 9:23PM
I am going through a trying time and I looked up the patron saint of loss causes. I happened upon an article about four saints and St. Philomena was one of those saints. I recognized the picture accompanying the passage about her. I had a picture of her from when I was younger, it sat on my bookshelf for the majority of my childhood. I cannot remember where I got it from, but I do remember I picked it out because St. Philomena looked so beautiful and brave. I feel like I have rediscovered an old friend and am comforted.
Dear St. Philomena,

Let the Lord's will be done and not mine. If it is his wish for me to continue going through this trial then so let it be. I just asked you to intercede that my family and I made be comforted during this time as all hope seems to be lost. Please pray and intercede that the Lord may sure it fit to lend us his aide. In Jesus name amen.

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