Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Like oil that seeps slowly but surely into all fibrous material it touches, so when we are anointed with the holy oil of healing, the oil of the catechumenate, or the oil of sacred chrism, the Holy Spirit seeps into our bodies, our hearts, minds and souls to make us more like Jesus over time. Similarly the oil, or the ‘honor’ (flattering words) of the wicked can seep into my being to “discolour” and “make holyproof” my heart, mind and spirit. Am I allowing the holy oils of gladness and of salvation to seep through me so that the flattering words or evil deeds of the wicked gain no entry into the fibers of my being? Holy Spirit of God, let the oil of gladness and salvation anoint my being.
Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 42:10)
We must always have courage, and if some spiritual languor comes upon us, let us run to the feet of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and let us place ourselves in the midst of the heavenly perfumes, and we will undoubtedly regain our strength.
St. Padre Pio
In Roman Catholic churches, an ambry, traditionally located in the sanctuary (as in, the altar area) of a church or in the Baptistery, is used to store the oils used in sacraments: Oil of catechumens (indicated by the Latin letters O.C.), Oil of the Sick (O.I.), and Sacred Chrism (S.C.). For more on the role of Holy Oils in the Church, go to:
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.