Oil Dedicated to St Lucy Zhenmei
St Lucy Zhenmei, a native of Mainyang in Sichuan, was born a Catholic on December 9, 1815, and was the youngest member in her family. Even as a child she was very pious, making a vow of chastity at the age of 12. She loved to read classics and at the age of 20, she fell gravely ill, but quickly recovered with a remedy her brother prescribed. Continuing her studies, she became more spiritually devout, spending hours in daily prayer, much like a religious. Her mother taught her how to spin, which also became part of her daily life.
A few years later, her brother moved back to Guiyang, and soon after her mother died. Full of enthusiasm for spreading the Gospel, she went on doing missionary work. However, for her own safety she decided to stay at the convent of lay virgins. Shortly after, her failing health forced her to move back home again. In 1861, Bishop Hu asked her to teach once more at the convent. In spite of opposition from relatives, she returned to work there.
Pope Pius X proclaimed all five of them “Blessed” on May 2nd, 1909 and Pope John Paul II canonized them on October 1st, 2000.