St Servulus of Rome Healing oil (Patron for cerebral palsy)
St Servulus of Rome was a perfect model of submission to the divine will. It would be difficult to offer a more consoling example. To persons afflicted by poverty. Illnesses and the other miseries of life. It is Saint Gregory the Great who narrates for us his edifying story
We have seen under the portico of the Church of Saint Clement. A poor man named Servulus, who known to all the people of Rome as to Us. He deprived of all the goods of this world. A long illness had reduced him to a pitiful state. From his youth he paralyzed in all his members.
This unfortunate man, who had learned the mysteries of religion, meditated unceasingly on the sufferings of the Saviour, and never did he complain. He surrounded by the loving care of his mother and brother. Neither the mother nor the children had ever studied, yet the paralytic had pious books bought for himself, in particular the Psalms and the Holy Gospels, and he would ask the religious who came to visit him on his cot to read from them to him.
Many alms came to the little house of the paralytic, to such an extent that he became rich in his poverty. After having taken from these what was necessary for his subsistence and that of his mother, he gave the rest to the indigent, who often assembled around him to be edified by his words and his virtues. His bed of pain was a pulpit of preaching, from which he converted souls.
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