St Nicholas and Companions (Martyrs) Healing Oil
St Nicholas and companions are among the 158 Franciscans. They were martyred in the Holy Land since the friars became custodians of the shrines in 1335.
Nicholas was born in 1340. He was born into a wealthy and noble family in Croatia. He joined the Franciscans. And sent with Deodat of Rodez to preach in Bosnia. In 1384. They volunteered for the Holy Land missions and sent there. They looked after the holy places. Cared for the Christian pilgrims. And studied Arabic.
In 1391, Nicholas, Deodat, Peter of Narbonne, and Stephen of Cuneo decided to take a direct approach to converting the Muslims. On November 11, they went to the huge Mosque of Omar in Jerusalem. And asked to see the Qadix—Muslim official. Reading from a prepared statement, they said that all people must accept the gospel of Jesus. When they ordered to retract their statement they refused. After beatings and imprisonment, they beheaded before a large crowd.
Nicholas and his companions canonized in 1970. They are the only Franciscans martyred in the Holy Land to be canonized. The Liturgical Feast of Saint Nicholas Tavelic and Companions is November 14.
Francis presented two missionary approaches for his friars. Nicholas and his companions followed the first approach. Live quietly and give witness to Christ
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