Oil dedicated to St John Macias on prayer cloth
The Oil dedicated to St John Macias. Said that as he began to seek God’s will for his life; he frequently visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary. Born not in Lima but in Spain, in a small town called Rivera, on 2 March 1585, into a very poor family. Although poor in the eyes of the world, the family had a burning love of God and neighbour. John’s mother was Agnes Sanchez.
This was a help he was soon to have need of, for the following year both of his parents died within a very short space of time. And so John and his sister placed in the care of their uncle. From this time onward, sent to work as a shepherd on the hills. Around this time he developed the noteworthy habit of saying each day three Rosaries – for himself. For the conversion of sinners and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Indeed, the young boy spent most of his time in prayer whilst on the lonely hills, and he often visited by his heavenly protector. Who revealed to him the Truths of the Faith. Saint John also explained the Rosary to John in great detail, imbuing him with a great love of the beads. A love he would never relinquish but which would grow and develop and become almost a trademark of the man he would become.
After a life spent so devotedly in the service of the poor and needy. John was about to be called to Heaven to receive his eternal reward. It was August in the year 1645. John became very unwell and there seemed no hope of a cure – none of the treatments administered to him made any difference whatsoever, although he patiently accepted each despite his assurance that he was soon to die.
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