Blessed Jane of Signa
Blessed Jane of Signa was an Italian Roman Catholic from Florence. She was a recluse with a reputation for being a miracle worker. her life was spent in silent solitude dedicated to God. She remained a virgin her life as part of her consecration to God.
In 1268 she became a recluse in a small cave in Signa and decided to consecrate her life – and indeed her entire period of solitude – to God while deciding to remain chaste in further service to him. She garnered a formidable reputation for working miracles in her life though at least six have been recorded during her life.
Her body has remained incorrupt since her death on November 9th 1307.
Tradition of oils
Blessed Jane of Signa healing oil – 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 is invited to apply oil on the part of their body they want to be healed. 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.