St John of the Cross healing oil
The St John of the Cross healing oil is dedicated to the great Spanish mystic and reformer of the Carmelite order. John of the Cross was a major figure of the Counter Reformation, a Spanish mystic a Roman Catholic saint, a Carmelite friar and a priest, who was born at Fontiveros , Old Castile.
John of the Cross is known for his writings. Both his poetry and his studies on the growth of the soul are considered the summit of mystical Spanish literature and one of the peaks of all Spanish literature. He was canonised as a saint in 1726 by Pope Benedict the 13th. He is one of the thirty-six Doctors of the Church.
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 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. 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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