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Oil Dedicated to St Francisco (Patron of Bodily ills)

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The St Francisco is dedicated to one of the children Our Lady appeared to at Fatima. The youngest children of Manuel and Olimpia Marto, Francisco and Jacinta were typical of Portuguese village children of that time. They were illiterate but had a rich oral tradition.  Francisco, was somewhat musically inclined, and liked to be by himself to think.

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Oil Dedicated to St Francisco

Prayer:

Dear St. Francisco, the caring friend for when our bodies aren’t feeling well, we all gather our thoughts and ask for your help. When we’re not doing so great physically, we hope you can understand and lend a hand. Please guide us to find the strength to deal with our aches and pains and help us be brave when facing health challenges. We’re asking for your support, like a comforting friend, to help us through tough times when our bodies need extra care. Thank you for being with us, St. Francisco, and helping us feel better, both inside and out. Amen.

Scripture:

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” – Psalm 103:13-14

 

The St Francisco is dedicated to one of the children Our Lady appeared to at Fatima.

The youngest children of Manuel and Olimpia Marto, Francisco and Jacinta were typical of Portuguese village children of that time. They were illiterate but had a rich oral tradition.  Francisco, was somewhat musically inclined, and liked to be by himself to think. Jacinta was affectionate with a sweet singing voice and a gift for dancing. Following their experiences, their fundamental personalities remained the same.

Their personalities

Francisco preferred to pray alone, saying that this would “console Jesus for the sins of the world”. Jacinta said she was deeply affected by a terrifying vision of Hell shown to the children at the third apparition, and deeply convinced of the need to save sinners through penance and sacrifice as the Virgin had told the children to do. All three children, but particularly St Francisco and Jacinta, practised stringent self mortifications to this end. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in the report that confirmed Jacinta as beatified, observed that she seemed to have “an insatiable hunger for immolation.”

Apparitions

The brother and sister, who tended to their families’ sheep with their cousin Lúcia in the fields of Fátima, Portugal, are said to have witnessed several apparitions of an angel in 1916. Lúcia later recorded the words of several prayers she said they learned from this angel.[2]

Sister Lúcia wrote in her memoirs that she and her cousins saw the first apparition of Mary on 13 May 1917. At the time of the apparition, Francisco was 8 years old, and Jacinta was 7.[5]

During the first apparition, Mary is said to have asked the three children to say the Rosary and to make sacrifices, offering them for the conversion of sinners.[6] She also asked them to return to that spot on the thirteenth of each month for the next six months.[7]

Illness and death

The siblings were victims of the great 1918 influenza epidemic that swept through Europe that year. In October 1918, Jacinta told Lucia that Mary had appeared to her and promised to take them to heaven soon. Both lingered for many months, insisting on walking to church to make Eucharistic devotions and prostrating themselves to pray for hours, kneeling with their heads on the ground as they said the angel had instructed them to do.

St Francisco declined hospital treatment on 3 April 1919, and died at home the next day. Jacinta moved from one hospital to another in an attempt to save her life, which she insisted futile. She developed purulent pleurisy and endured an operation in which two of her ribs removed. Because of the condition of her heart, she could not fully anesthetized, and suffered terrible pain, which she said would help to convert many sinners. On 19 February 1920, Jacinta asked the hospital chaplain who heard her confession to bring her Holy Communion and administer Extreme Unction because she was going to die “the next night”. He told her that her condition was not that serious and that he would return the next day. The next day Jacinta dead; she had died, as she had often said she would, alone.

Jacinta meets with Lucia

In 1920, shortly before her death at age nine, Jacinta Marto reportedly discussed the Alliance of the hearts of Jesus and Mary with a then 12-year-old Lucia dos Santos and said:

When you are to say this, don’t go and hide. Tell everybody that God grants us graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary; that people are to ask her for them; and that the Heart of Jesus wants the Immaculate Heart of Mary to be venerated at his side. Tell them also to pray to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for peace, since God entrusted it to her.

Jacinta and Francisco both buried at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima.

Luke 10; 33-34. The Good Samaritan
“But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them”.

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