Oil Dedicated to St Nicholas of Tolentino 6 (Patron for Dying People)
St Nicholas of Tolentino 6 (Patron for Dying People) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, born in 1245 and died in 1305, is an Italian saint and mystic from the Order of Augustinians. His feast day is celebrated on September 10.
Nicholas was born to devout parents who had been childless for many years. They made a pilgrimage to the St. Nicholas of Myra shrine in Bari, Italy, and soon after their return, they were blessed with a son whom they named Nicholas as a sign of their gratitude.
Nicholas joined the Order of Augustinians at an early age and ordained a priest. He sent to Tolentino, Italy, where he would spend the rest of his life serving the community. His reputation for holiness, compassion, and fervor in his faith spread quickly.
Saint Nicholas of Tolentino particularly known for his care for the sick and the dying. It said he had many visions, including souls in Purgatory who asked for his prayers. He was also reputed to have received visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and other saints.
Miraculous events attributed to him, including instances of multiplying food, healings, and even raising the dead. He would also frequently fast and inflict severe penances upon himself. His intense devotion and acts of self-mortification, along with his humble service, won him much respect and reverence.
Nicholas died on September 10, 1305, and canonized by Pope Eugene IV in 1446. He the patron saint of the dying, the holy souls in Purgatory, and invoked in situations of difficult childbirth. His symbols often include a star above him or in his hand, a reference to his mother’s vision which indicated that Nicholas would become a child of light.