Malta Minute with the Catechism: The Anointing of the Sick

  • Program #: 127
  • Description: What takes place during the sacrament that is called the Anointing of the Sick? According to the Catechism, when those who are ill are anointed with sacred oils, the Church commends them "to the suffering and glorified Lord" in order that he may raise them up and save them." The Church exhorts the sick person to unite their suffering to the Passion and death of Christ. The Catechism acknowledges that illness and suffering are among the most difficult and serious problems that human beings confront. The patient faces his vulnerability, his powerlessness and perhaps a glimpse of death. Illness can lead to anger, self absorption, even revolt against God. On the other hand, it can and often does lead to a new spiritual maturity and a return to God. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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