is Anointing of the Sick?
"Is any one among you sick? He should call the elders of the church
to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And
the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord
will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven."
Jas 5: 14-15
and suffering have always been among the gravest problems confronted
in human life. In illness, we experience powerlessness, limitation,
and our own mortality. Every illness has the potential to make us glimpse
our own death. Illness can lead to anguish, self-absorption, and sometimes
even despair and revolt against God. It can also make a person more
mature, helping to discern in life what is essential and what is not.
Very often illness provokes a search for God and a return to Him.
of the Sick is not a sacrament only for those who are at the point of
death. Hence, it would be fitting to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing
of the Sick as soon as anyone begins to be in danger of death from sickness
or old age. If a sick person who received this anointing recovers his
health, he can in the case of another grave illness receive this sacrament
again. If during the same illness the person's condition becomes more
serious, the sacrament may be repeated. It would be fitting, also, to
receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation.
The same holds true for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced.
special grace of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its
uniting the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and
that of the whole Church;
the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner
the sufferings of illness or old age;
forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through
the Sacrament of Penance;
restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul;
preparation for passing over to eternal life.
Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is available at any time by calling
the parish office (619-427-0230) and requesting the sacrament from our