Patron of Cancer Patients Apostle of the Afflicted
BLESSED JAMES was born to Adam and Marchesina Salomone in 1231 in Venice, Italy. At the age of seventeen he entered the Order of Preachers at the Priory of Saints John and Paul in that same city. Following his ordination to the priesthood, he devoted himself for many years to the care of the afflicted in Forlí, a town near Bologna, Italy.
God granted BLESSED JAMES the grace of miracles during his lifetime. Once, while he was hearing the confession of a pious woman, she saw the Holy Spirit, in the form of a white dove, sitting on his shoulder and whispering into his ear. Another time, a young girl was cured by him of a terrible cancer on her leg.
BLESSED JAMES was himself afflicted with cancer during the last four years of his life. At his death, the cancerous wound on his chest disappeared, leaving only a faint scar, and from it arose a fragrant aroma.
BLESSED JAMES died on May 31, 1314, in his eighty-third year. His relics now lie in the Basilica of Saints John and Paul in Venice.
Devotion to BLESSED JAMES has been approved and encouraged by several popes. His feast is celebrated on the 30th of May.
O BLESSED JAMES, during your life you received with utmost tenderness those who came to you with their afflictions of body and soul, consoling them even to the point of working miracles on their behalf. Now that you are in heaven, listen to my poor prayers and out of your goodness, help me in my needs with your unfailing intercession.
(Here state your intentions)
Obtain for me, I beg you, the grace to imitate your virtues, especially your generous love of God and neighbor, your profound humility, your tender devotion to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Obtain for me also patience in adversity, fortitude in suffering, and preserve me from those dreadful ills against which you are invoked as a special protector.
May your assistance help me to live a holy life on earth so that I may deserve to be with you some day in the glory of heaven.