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St. Fiacre

By Vassil (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
Saint Fiacre would  have preferred to live a life of solitude as a monk. He even left Ireland for France to find it, but his reputation for efficacious healing prayer and his growing of medicinal herbs preceeded him and people flocked to him wherever he went.

We've become so conditioned to have negative associations with the word "drugs" - their abuse, their expense, their side effects, that we may forget the abundance of healing chemicals and substances found in nature alone. Most of today's drugs are either found in nature or synthesized to resemble and improve upon naturally healing compounds.

Let us thank God for the healing gifts of nature and for St. Fiacre's insight that the best combination is prayer and healing compounds.