St Ubald Balassini healing oil
The St Ubald Baldassini healing oil is dedicated to the Italian saint who is patron for autism.
Ubald Baldassini was born of a noble family in Gubbio, Italy, He was orphaned in his youth, and was educated by his uncle, the Bishop of Gubbio. Ubald was ordained. Also he was named deacon of the cathedral. He reformed the canons. Then he left a few years later to become a hermit. Ubald was dissuaded from the eremitical life by Peter of Rimini. He returned to Gubbio and in 1126, was named Bishop of Perugia but refused the honor. He became Bishop of Gubbio in 1128. Ubald persuaded Emperor Frederick II not to sack Gubbio, as he had Spoleto. This happened during one of his forays into Italy. Ubald was ill the last two years of his life. He died at Gubbio on May 16, and was canonized in 1192. His feast day is May 16th.
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.