Blog 9 anointing of the sick Thesis The Sacrament of anointing of the sick is primarily about Healing, Letter from the Vatican on the Sacrament

Catholic theology has seen in the Epistle of James (5: 14-15) the biblical foundation for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. The author of the Epistle, having made various recommendations concerning Christian life, also offers a directive for the sick: Catholic theology has seen in the Epistle of James (5: 14-15) the biblical foundation for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. The author of the Epistle, having made various recommendations concerning Christian life, also offers a directive for the sick: “Is there anyone sick among you? He should ask for the presbyters of the Church. They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord. This prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will restore him to health. If he has committed any sins, forgiveness will be his”.

Look how the wording is different.  “Is there anyone sick among you? He should ask for the presbyters of the Church. They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord. This prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will restore him to health. If he has committed any sins, forgiveness will be his”. The emphasis is on healing the one who is ill, so that the Lord will restore him to health. And not denying the fact that anointing forgives sin, but it come after the praying for health for the sick person.

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  1. Having been a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we quickly learned that AFTER we had helped someone with their emergency materiel needs, then their hearts were suddenly more open to faith. Some would even talk about joining the Church. Likewise, a person who is healed of an infirmity by a minister may then ask, after knowledge of helming, that they be allowed to confess. compassion and charity open the mind and conscience to deeper healing which comes with confession.

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