ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Anyone who has ever experienced or witnessed illness know how it makes a person helpless and vulnerable. Sickness sometimes leads to self-absorption and even anger against God. Yet in our need and misery, illness can also turn us to God through prayer and conversion.
Today, the Lord continues to touch and to heal the sick and suffering. He does so through prayers of the church and through the sacraments, especially through the Anointing of the Sick. The sacrament of the anointing of the sick brings about a spiritual healing by fortifying the sick and dying during their suffering. The Holy Spirit gives the sick or dying person comfort, peace and courage. It unites the anointed person more closely to Christ’s redemptive passion. By associating with the Lord’s passion, the sick contributes through their suffering to their own good and welfare of all God’s people.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated the weekend of October 23/24 after all Masses. According to the ritual for the anointing of the sick, an individual need not to be in danger of death, but ill either from sickness or advantage age. Moreover, the illness need not be only physical.