Skip to comments.Anointing of the Sick: A Healing Intervention at the Bedside [Catholic caucus]
Posted on 04/26/2011 11:21:05 AM PDT by Mary Kochan
Within clinical practice, I frequently encounter well-intentioned people who erroneously confuse healing with cure, people such as fellow health care professionals, Catholic patients and their family members, health care proxy decision makers, among others. Following upon this confusion, they misunderstand the place of the healing sacraments such as the Eucharist, reconciliation, and anointing of the sick in patients overall quests for healing. When this occurs, these folks tend to consult priests for sacramental interventions when it is thought that there is nothing left to do but pray a last-ditch, placebo-type holistic palliative intervention.
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Thanks for this!
Is Anointing of the Sick the same as the Last Sacrament?
Yes. However, it can be administered in danger of death or in a dangerous situation, even when someone is not dying, such a prior to an operation. And the father brings out that because people think the recipient of the sacrament has to be on the verge of death, they often wait too late to ask for the priest. This is a good article for anyone with aged or ill loved ones to read. And we should make sure our own families understand this so that we are not accidentally denied the grace of this sacrament.
I asked for the Anointing of the Sick twice. Each before a major surgery. My priest was very happy to do it. (We never know what can happen on the operating table!)
Whether one legitimately fears probable death or one is going for a common but serious surgery reasonably expected to bring cure rather than death, one would do well to seek out Anointing of the Sick for the good of his/her own sanctification. In cases in which one is guilty of sin, one should also have his/her confession heard unto absolution and receive Eucharist. Doing so gives a person all the reason in the world to be at peace. In the end, rather than inappropriately treating these sacraments of healing as quasi last-ditch placebo-type holistic palliative interventions,  viewing them superstitiously, or not thinking of them at all, one should begin with them and continue to practice them and other prayer forms insofar as one is capable throughout ones course of treatment even, and perhaps most especially, when cure is probably impossible.
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That is good and just the right attitude. I think some Catholics are of the opinion that it can only be received once, but that is not the case. God is very generous to us in the sacraments and we should take advantage of his generosity because this pleases Him and greatly aids us in our weakness.