St Veronica of Antal Healing Oil (Romanian Laywomen)
The oldest of four children, Martyr St Veronica of Antal born December 7, 1935. In the town of Botesti located in the northeastern part of Romania. As the custom, baby Veronica baptized the next day on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The name Veronica given her in honor of a paternal aunt who died as a child.
Veronica’s parents spent each day working in the fields from dawn until dusk. Consequently, raising Veronica fell to her grandmother, Zarafina. Her grandma not only cared for and raised Veronica. But she also instructed her in the faith. Her instruction and example inspired in Veronica a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin.
When Veronica was seven, she began school. As the next few years passed, the young girl did well maintaining good grades. But before long she had to leave school to help her parents in the fields. It was also around this time that she felt called to become a nun and enter the convent. She also had a deep-seated desire to help children.
Unfortunately, in 1947 Romania fell under a Marxist-Leninist one-party Communist rule. This secular form of oppressive government was anti-religious and did all it could to stop religious practices. Veronica’s hopes of entering a convent were dashed when the government began shutting down all convents and monasteries in Romania.