St Belina healing oil
The St Belina healing oil is dedicated to 12th century virgin and martyr. A peasant girl from Troyes, France, she was threatened with rape by the feudal lord of the district. She refused his advances and died in defense of her virginity. She was canonized by Pope Innocent III in 1203.
Tradition of oils
The tradition of anointing with sacred oil is very old indeed. It is used in sacraments and also as a devotional practice. Moreover, it is a sacramental. The sick person applies the oil and blesses themselves. As they do so, they are asked to pray to whomever the oil is dedicated to. The Irish blessings oils do not have miraculous power. It is God who has the power to heal. Prayer and a gesture of faith, like applying the oil, are important ways for us to express our faith in God’s power. By doing so we place our trust in God.
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