Oil Dedicated to St Colette de Corbie
The oil dedicated to St Colette de Corbie, a French abbess, and the foundress of the Colettine Poor Clares. A reform branch of the Order of Saint Clare better known as the Poor Clares. Honored as a saint in the Catholic Church. Due to a number of miraculous events claimed during her life. Venerated as the patron saint of women seeking to conceive, expectant mothers, and sick children.
Her Early Life
Born Nicole Boellet (or Boylet) in the village of Corbie in the Picardy region of France on 13 January 1381 to Robert Boellet a poor carpenter at the noted Benedictine Abbey of Corbie and to his wife Marguerite Moyon. Her parents had grown old without having children before praying to Saint Nicholas for help in having a child. Their prayers answered at the age of 60, Marguerite gave birth to a daughter. Out of gratitude, they named the baby after the saint to whom they credited the miracle of her birth. Affectionately called Nicolette by her parents. Which soon came to shorted to Colette by which name she known.
Almighty God had destined St Colette for something extraordinary. He excited in her the desire to re-introduce the strict observance of the rule of St Clare. Which many convents of Poor Clares then observed in a modified form.
St Colette de Corbie endured untold hardships in fulfilling the task assigned to her, but heaven supported her even in visible ways; numerous miracles, including the raising to life of several dead persons, occurred in answer to her prayers and in confirmation of her work. So, the great foundress remained ever humble, regarding everything as the work of God, who often chooses the lowliest of people as His instruments.
St Colette reformed the Order of Poor Clare’s and founded a branch of the Order that still known as the Colettines.
St Colette’s Death
After laboring for 40 years, she receives her eternal reward. She died in her convent at Ghent on March 6, 1447. At the moment of her departure from this world, she appeared to several sisters in different convents. Pope Urban VIII beatified her, and Pope Pius VII.