St Crispin of Viterbo healing oil
The St Crispin of Viterbo healing oil is dedicated to the Franciscan lay brother, noted for miracles, prophecies, and holiness. He was born Peter Fioretti, in Viterbo, Italy, on November 13, 1668. Peter studied at the Jesuit College, and became a shoemaker. He entered the Franciscan Capuchins when he was 25. and took the name Crispin. St Crispin served as a gardener and as a cook. He called himself “the little beast of burden of the Capuchins.” During an epidemic, Crispin effected many miraculous cures. He was also venerated for his prophecies and spiritual wisdom. Crispin died Rome on May 19. He was beautified in 1806 and canonized in 1982.
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. The sick person is invited to apply oil on the part of their body they want healed. 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. Applying the oil while praying are important ways for us to express our faith in God’s power. Moreover, by doing so we place our trust in God.
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