Oil Dedicated to Blessed John of Prado
Blessed John of Prado, the son of prominent parents was studying philosophy at the famous Universtiy of Salamanca Spain. When enlightened by the Holy Ghost he resolved to devote all his energies to the acquisition of the wisdom of Christ. In the light of that wisdom he soon recognized the vanity of the world and received the habit of St Francis in the province of St Gabriel. The young novice distinguished himself among the zealous religious by perfection in every virtue.
Burning with love for God and for immortal souls, John soon requested permission to go among the infidels to announce the Gospel to them. John complied willingly. As soon as he ordained a preist, he preached with great success. In due time he administered various offices in the order, and even appointed provincial of the newly erected province of St Didacus.
Shacked hand and foot, Blessed John of Prado then led out to work a treadmill. The king had him brought before him several times in the hope of getting him to apostatize but always in vain. At the moment the martyr’s head struck it surrounded with heavenly light. But the obdurate king commanded that a great fire be kindled and that John should be thrown into it.