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Saint Martin de Porres Healing Oil
The Saint Martin de Porres healing oil is firm to one of the world’s most popular saints.
St. Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru on December 9, 1579. Martin was the illegitimate son to a Spanish gentleman and a freed slave from Panama, of African or possibly Native American descent. At a young age, Martin’s father abandoned him, his mother, and his younger sister, leaving Martin to grow up in deep poverty. After spending just two years in primary school, Martin was with a barber/surgeon where he would learn to cut hair and the medical arts.
Saint Martin encountered a great deal of ridicule for being of mixed-race as he grew. Martin, who spent long hours in prayer, found his only way into the community he longed for was to ask the Dominicans of Holy Rosary Priory in Lima to accept him as a volunteer who performed the most menial tasks in the monastery.
Martin joins the Dominican convent.
During his time in the Convent, Martin took on his old trades of barbering and healing. He also worked in the kitchen, did laundry, and cleaned. After eight more years with the Holy Rosary, Martin was granted the privilege to take his vows as a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic by the prior Juan de Lorenzana who decided to disregard the law restricting Martin based on race.
However, not all of the members in the Holy Rosary were as open-minded as Lorenzana.
Martin grew to become a Dominican lay brother in 1603 at the age of 24. Ten years later, after he presented with the religious habit of a lay brother, assigned to the infirmary where he would remain in charge until his death. He became known for encompassing the virtues need to carefully and patiently care for the sick, even in difficult situations.
Martin grows in holiness.
He took care of everyone from the Spanish nobles to the African slaves. Martin didn’t care if the person was diseased or dirty. He would welcome them into his own home.
Martin’s life reflected his great love for God and all of God’s gifts. Said he had many extraordinary abilities, including aerial flights, bilocation, instant cures, miraculous knowledge, spiritual knowledge, and an excellent relationship with animals.
During an epidemic in Lima, many of the friars in the Convent of the Rosary became very ill. Locked away in a distant section of the convent. However, on more than one occasion, Martin passed through the locked doors to care for the sick.
Martin, St John Macias and St Rose of Lima
Martin was great friends with both St. Juan Macías, a fellow Dominican lay brother, and St. Rose of Lima, a lay Dominican.
In January of 1639, when Martin was 60-years-old, he became very ill with chills, fevers, and tremors, causing him pain. He would experience almost a year full of illness until he passed away on November 3, 1639.
Talks of his miracles in medicine and caring for the sick were everywhere. After his death, the miracles received when he was invoked in such greatness that when he was ungraved 25 years later, his body exhaled a splendid fragrance, and he was still intact.
St. Martin de Porres was beatified by Pope Gregory XVI on October 29, 1837, and canonized by Pope John XXIII on May 6, 1962.
He has become the patron saint of people of mixed race, innkeepers, barbers, public health workers, and more. His feast day is November 3.
St. Martin de Porres healing oil/Tradition of oils
The tradition of anointing with sacred oil is very old indeed. The sick person applies the oil and blesses themselves. The Irish blessings oils do not have miraculous power. It is God who has the power to heal. Applying the oil while praying is an important way for us to express our faith in God’s power. Moreover, by doing so we place our trust in God.
The oils come through prayer. Also, all the oils have an essential oil fragrance. The oils are of therapeutic grade.
The bottles of oils going out are accompanied by a prayer card. Also, they are personalized for the saint to whom the oil is dedicated to.
Luke 10; 33-34. The Good Samaritan
“But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them”.