St Lucy Filippini healing oil
The St Lucy Filippini healing oil is dedicated to the saint from Corneto-Tarquinia. Lucy was the fifth and youngest child. Sadly she became an orphan at an early age. Consequently at the age of six, she went to live with her aristocratic aunt and uncle. Most noteworthy they encouraged her religious inclination by entrusting her education to the Benedictine nuns at Santa Lucia.
Her career began under the patronage of Cardinal Marcantonio Barbarigo. With his support Lucy founded several schools for young women, especially the poor. Also with Rose Venerini to train school teachers, she co-founded the Pious Teachers, a group dedicated to the education of girls. The young ladies of Montefuscione were taught domestic arts, weaving, embroidering, reading, and Christian doctrine. Twelve years later the Cardinal created a set of rules to guide Lucy and her followers in the religious life. Fifty-two schools were established during Lucy’s lifetime. Pope Clement XI, in 1707, called Lucy to Rome to start schools which he placed under his special protection.She died of breast cancer in 1732, aged 60, at Montefiascone.
Lucy Filippini was canonised 22 June 1930. Her statue can be seen in the south nave of St. Peter’s Basilica. Her feast day is March 25.
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.