4 years ago I was preparing to become Catholic at the Holy Saturday mass. I was also 8 months pregnant. I was asked to carry forward the Chrism oil at the Holy Thursday mass as it would be the oil that I would be anointed with during my confirmation 2 days later, AND the oil that my son would be anointed with at his baptism.
Holy Thursday at St Elizabeth Ann Seton in New Berlin, WI was so incredibly beautiful, with Fr.Joe Aufdermauer and his moving singing voice and program. I made a point to pilgrimage back there last year to enjoy that special mass with my mom and son.
Tonight, back in FL, while the oils were presented at mass tonight I was overcome with emotion. First of all, how amazing Holy Thursday is. The washing of the feet. The Eucharistic celebration.
Second, how special it is that I got to carry forward the oil that my son and I were welcomed in to the church with. And third, how I miss that church. It felt so safe and warm and home. It was such a special time in my life.
And I’m not even bringing all of this up to talk about oils. I am just in awe of how special it all is. But then it hits me how this has come full circle somehow. The essential oils that I am so obsessed with really are about so much more than good smells, or even good health, or wealth. There is a spiritual connection here for me. It’s a pathway for me to feel God’s love and connect with Him. For Him to heal me. For Him to speak to me. And I believe for Him to use me and my gifts to bring this same thing to others. This is why I am on this journey.
I'm Lisa Yau