Oil Dedicated to St Christina the Astonishing (Patron for People with Mental illness)
Oil Dedicated to St Christina the Astonishing (Patron for People with Mental illness) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Christina the Astonishing, born in the 12th century in Belgium, led a remarkable life that left a lasting legacy in Christian history. She is celebrated for her extraordinary spiritual experiences and unwavering faith.
Christina’s life took a dramatic turn when she suffered a severe illness as a young girl. She was pronounced dead and even laid in a church for burial. However, to the astonishment of many, she suddenly revived during the funeral Mass. Christina later explained that she had experienced a vision of heaven, hell, and purgatory during her brief death.
Following this miraculous event, Christina exhibited unusual behavior. She often climbed trees, church steeples, and even chimneys, claiming she could not stand the stench of human sin. Her actions were interpreted as symbolic of her disdain for worldly temptations and her desire to rise above them.
Christina also demonstrated a deep devotion to God and a life of extreme asceticism. She lived in poverty, wearing rags and surviving on meager amounts of food. Despite her unconventional lifestyle, she attracted a following of devout Christians who admired her unwavering commitment to her faith.
After her death in 1224, Christina’s reputation for holiness only grew. Many regarded her as a saint during her lifetime, and her remarkable experiences and piety led to her eventual canonization by the Catholic Church.
Saint Christina the Astonishing continues to inspire Christians today with her extraordinary journey from near-death to sainthood, reminding us of the power of faith and the possibility of transcending worldly distractions in pursuit of a higher spiritual calling.
St. Christina, we turn to you with compassion and understanding, seeking your intercession for those grappling with the challenges of mental health. As we navigate the complexities of the mind, we ask for your compassionate aid in bringing comfort and healing. May your spirit inspire strength in those affected and guide them towards the support they need. St. Christina, be a source of solace and understanding for all who face mental health struggles, and may your prayers bring about the healing grace of God. Amen.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”