St Helena Healing Oil (Patron for Converts)
St Helena Healing Oil (Patron for Converts) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Helena was the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great and an Empress of the Roman Empire. Very little known about Helena’s early life, but it believed she from Drepanum (later known as Helenopolis) in Asia Minor and born into a poor family and lower class in the Roman culture of the day. St. Ambrose described Helena as a “good stable-maid.”
Despite her background, Helena married Constantius Chlorus. With him she birthed her only son, Constantine. around the year 274. Nearly two decades later in 292, Constantius, now co-Regent of the West, got swept up in his rising stature and divorced Helena for Theodora, the step-daughter of Emperor Maximinianus Herculius. It believed he did this to advance his own reputation and advance his standing in the Roman society.
Constantine was forever loyal to his dear mother, whom he loved very much. As he grew and became a member of the inner circle, he never left Helena’s side. Following the death of Constantius in 308, Constantine became Emperor and summoned his mother back into inner circle and the imperial court. Helena received the title of Augusta.
Constantine ordered all to honor his mother. He even had coins minted, bearing her image. Through her son’s influence, Helena began to embrace Christianity. With her title of Augusta Imperatrix, Helena given free reign over the imperial treasury. She tasked with locating relics of Christian tradition.