Blessed Estfan Nehme healing oil
The Blessed Estfan Nehme healing oil is dedicated to the 19th century Lebanese religious. Nehmé worked to alleviate people’s pain during World War I through the distribution of food to those suffering from famine and was known for an intense devotion to the Mother of God. He worked in the fields of his convent and other monasteries and also worked in construction for a brief period. He became well known and other monasteries sought him to live with them for his spiritual insight and work ethic.
Yūsuf Nehmé was born on 8 March 1889 in Lehfed in Lebanon. Nehmé studied under the Lebanese Maronite Order at the Our Lady of Grace school in Sakii Rishmaya. A tale from his childhood reports that he once observed a badger enter a cave. Nehmé dug at that spot and unearthed a spring which is known at present as the “Badger’s Fountain”.
Nehme joins the Maronite Order
In 1905 he entered the novitiate of the Lebanese Maronite Order at the convent of Saints Cyprian and Justina in Kfifan. Nehmé made his monastic vows on 23 August 1907 in the name of Esțfan. He made his solemn vows as a professed religious on 13 April 1924. At various monasteries he did manual labor in the fields and gardens as well as working in construction and as a carpenter. Nehmé’s contemporaries made special note of his constant repetition of the mantra: “God can see me”. During World War I he distributed food to those suffering from famine.
Nehmé died of a severe fever that led to a stroke at 7:00 p.m. on 30 August 1938 at the convent in Kfifan. Moments before his death Brother Charbel Nehmeh asked him if it would be fine to fetch water and the monk replied Nehmeh could do so if he wanted. The monk died mere moments after as his fellow friar searched for water. His remains reside at the convent of Saints Cyprian and Justina. The remains have been said to have been found incorrupt. Monks investigating the tomb on 10 March 1951 found that his remains had not decomposed. The remains were moved to a new tomb where visitors seek his intercession and ask for his healing.
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints issued the official “nihil obstat” to the cause and titled him as a Servant of God. The process for a miracle took place where it originated in. Pope Benedict XVI approved the miracle and beatification on 27 March 2010. Nehmé’s beatification took place in Lebanon on 27 June 2010 and Archbishop Angelo Amato presided over the celebration on the pope’s behalf.
Blessed Estfan Nehme healing oil/Tradition of oils
The tradition of anointing with sacred oil is very old indeed. It is used in sacraments and also as a devotional practice. The sick person applies the oil and blesses themselves. As they do so, they are asked to pray to whomever the oil is dedicated to. The Irish blessings oils do not have miraculous power. It is God who has the power to heal. Applying the oil while praying are important ways for us to express our faith in God’s power. Moreover, by doing so we place our trust in God.