father Stefan Continues his thoughts on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick ‘Soul Institute’

Thought on Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick By Mary Healy in her book ‘Healing Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World’ She writes ” Vatican Council II called for a revision of the rite to restore its original character as a sacrament of healing, both by reinstating its former name and by directing that it is for all the seriously ill, not only those in danger of death. The revision, completed in 1974, changed the essential form of the sacrament to more strongly emphasize healing. The prayer for blessing the oil to be used in the sacrament explicitly mentions physical healing: ‘May your blessing come upon all who are anointed with this oil, that they may be freed from pain and illness and made well again in body, mind, and soul.’ Many priests attest to having witnessed miraculous healing through this sacrament, like the disappearance of the brain tumor recounted above. Yet Unfortunately, a Low Expectation of Physical Healing is still common.”
Mary Healy conclusion is also mine. When I administer the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick in the hospital I too have found in most cases ‘A low expectation of physical healing’ This is why I think we still need to work on showing how the Sacrament of Sick gives a different grace than the Sacrament of Confession. When Jesus instituted the 7 Sacraments, each of the Sacraments give a different grace not given by the other sacraments. This takes me to my original thesis. Yes Anointing forgives sins, but the primary effect of the sacrament is healing and only secondarily the forgiveness of sins.
My Thoughts…When the Church takes the next step and helps establish the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick in healing…As the sacrament that is connected to the healing ministry of Jesus than we will see more Spiritual and Yes Physical Healing. The Sacrament of the Sick is meant to bring spiritual and physical healing to the person wounded by sin.
This is my Dream to see the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick more firmly establish as the Sacrament of Healing.

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