Oil dedicated to St Maximilian Kolbe on prayer cloth
The Oil dedicated to St Maximilian Kolbe on prayer cloth is in honour of the priest that died in Auschwitz.
St Maximilian Kolby healing oil is dedicated to the Polish Conventual Franciscan friar. He volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz, in Poland during World War II. Maximilian was active in promoting the veneration of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. He founded and supervised a monastery near Warsaw. In addition, he operated a radio station, and founded or ran several other organizations and publications.
Kolbe was canonized on 10 October 1982 by Pope John Paul II, and declared a Martyr of charity. He is the patron saint of drug addicts. John Paul II declared him “The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century”.
Due to Kolbe’s efforts to promote consecration and entrustment to Mary, he is known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary
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 is invited to apply oil on the part of their body they want 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.