St Bernadette Healing Oil (Patron for the sick)
St Bernadette Sick Oil on January 7th 1844, Bernadette Soubirous as born in Lourdes, a small town in the Pyrenean Mountains. To a miller’s family who enjoyed relative prosperity during the early years of Bernadette’s life. The patron saint of illness and poverty. Bernadette eldest child in a large poor family.
On 11th February 1858, 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous left the Cachot with her sister and a friend to collect firewood on the banks of the Gave at Massabielle.
Between February and July, the Virgin Mary appeared 18 times to Bernadette.
During the 13 years spent in Saint Gildard, Bernadettte successively assistant-nurse, nurse-in-charge of the infirmary, sacristan. And very often sick herself. Her life simple and ordinary. Bernadette a joyful character and always available for whatever required of her. “I want my whole life to be inspired by love.”
She remained in the infirmary for long periods. She suffered greatly from a knee tumour and lung tuberculosis. Died on 16th April 1879, at the age of 35 and buried in Saint Joseph’s Chapel in the centre of the garden in Nevers, France.
At one of the most famous apparitions, St. Bernadette told to drink and wash in the spring. With no spring in sight, St. Bernadette hesitated and then drank from the muddy water on the ground. The Blessed Virgin asked her to do this as penance for the conversion of sinners.