Oil Dedicated to St Lidwina (Patron for Chronic Pain)
St Lidwina (Patron for Chronic Pain) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Lidwina was born into a poor country family of Holland in 1380. At an early age, she prayed to the Mother of God and experienced visions of incredible religious images. When she was 15, she went ice-skating with some friends and fell. She broke a rib from this fall, but gangrene continued to consume her body. No medical professional could diagnose her injury, and this began her martyrdom.
As the gangrene spread throughout her body, she became permanently paralyzed. Pieces of her body even fell off, and she suffered from external bleeding. Despite these medical complications, Saint Lidwina never gave up on her faith in God. Engaged in constant prayer and commitment in her faith to God.
She continued to experience great pain for the rest of her life, but she was rewarded with visions of faith from God. Died in 1433 at age 53. She was canonized by Pope Leo XII in 1890. Today, she serves as an inspiration for chronically-ill patients and those with multiple sclerosis.
In 1395, she began her martyrdom by falling on the ice while skating with her friends and breaking her right rib. There was no medical procedure that could help her and she contracted gangrene which spread throughout her body. She was in a great amount of pain and it increased throughout her life. St. Lidwina had a great gift of prayer. Her pastor brought to her an unconsecrated host and she realized immediately that it was unconsecrated.
There were many miracles that took place during her painful illness. She had a vision in which God showed her a rose-bush and she heard the words, “When this shall be in bloom, your suffering will be at an end.” In 1433, she said, “I see the rose-bush in full bloom!” She died on Easter Sunday, 1433 and saw God coming towards her. Her grave became a place where many pilgrims came and the year after she died, there a chapel built over her grave.