Oil Dedicated to St Lutgardis (Patron for Blindness)
Oil Dedicated to St Lutgardis (Patron for Blindness) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
St. Lutgardis, also known as Saint Lutgardis or Lutgarde of Aywières, was a remarkable medieval mystic and Christian saint. Born in Tongres, Belgium, in 1182, she is celebrated as the patron saint for blindness, thanks to her deep faith, miraculous experiences, and her unwavering dedication to the service of God.
Lutgardis’ early life marked by a profound religious inclination. At the age of twelve, she entered the Benedictine convent of Saint Catherine near Saint-Trond, Belgium. Her time there marked by intense prayer and devotion, which eventually led to her mystical experiences. She reported having visions and ecstasies that strengthened her connection with God and fueled her spiritual growth.
One of the most well-known stories associated with St. Lutgardis her vision of Christ appearing to her with a wounded heart. In this vision, she said to have experienced the pain of Christ’s wounds, leading to a profound transformation in her spiritual life. This vision often depicted in art, with St. Lutgardis at the center, embracing Christ’s sacred heart.
St. Lutgardis’s reputation for holiness and her ability to work miracles attracted many pilgrims to her convent. She believed to have had the power to heal the blind, which led to her association with those suffering from visual impairments. Her intercession and prayers sought by many who hoped for healing or relief from blindness.
Throughout her life, St. Lutgardis continued to live a life of deep contemplation, prayer, and self-sacrifice. She died on June 16, 1246, leaving behind a legacy of faith and devotion that endures to this day.