St Pedro Calungsod Healing Oil
The St Pedro Calungsod healing oil is dedicated to the 17th century Filipino saint. Pedro (c. 1654 – April 2, 1672) is a Filipino Roman Catholic martyr. He was killed while doing missionary work in Guam in 1672. He was beatified on March 5, 2000, by Pope John Paul II. Pedro was a skilled sacristan and teacher of catechism. He was a companion of Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores to the Marianas Islands. Through their efforts, many receive the sacraments especially that of baptism.
A plot to kill Pedro and San Vitores started when a certain Choco, circulated false accusations that the missionaries were spreading poison through the ritual of the pouring of water (i.e. baptism), and through the ritual of Catholic Masses. He was a Chinese who gained influence over the Macanas of Marianas Island. Calungsod and Diego San Vitores were both murdered after baptizing an infant and mother who converted to the Roman Catholic faith.
Calungsod is the second Filipino saint after San Lorenzo Ruiz if approved by the Pope and the Holy See.
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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