St Julia of Corsica healing oil
St Julia of Corsica healing oil is dedicated to the fifth-century saint who is revered as a martyr in the Italian church.
Julia was born as a wealthy young heiress or princess in Carthage, but was captured as a slave by Vandals who invaded Carthage.
The man who captured Julia was not totally evil. Her master appreciated her hard work and Julia became invaluable to him, so he allowed her to continue practicing her Christianity and forego worshiping their native gods.
When the slave ship landed at Cape Corso, Corsica, a pagan festival was in progress, and Julia was ordered to join in; some versions indicate that participation would have won her freedom.
The village ruler waited until Julia’s master fell asleep, then, he abducted Julia from where she was resting on the ship and tried to force her to offer sacrifice to pagan gods. Julia refused.
The ruler had Julia tortured and crucified.
Many miracles appeared to the grave of Saint Julia throughout the centuries and from the other world she herself appeared to some. She suffered honorably in the sixth century.
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.