Pope: Anointing of the sick offers strength to those seriously ill, elderly

(US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Carol Glatz).

The sacrament of the anointing of the sick is not just for those who are nearing the end of their life, Pope Francis said. “Let us remember that the anointing of the sick is one of the ‘sacraments of healing,’ of ‘restoration,’ that heals the spirit,” the pope said in a video message released July 2 by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.  The network posts a short video of the pope offering his specific prayer intention each month. For the month of July, the pope dedicated his prayer intention to the pastoral care of the sick. “The anointing of the sick is not a sacrament only for those who are at the point of death,” the pope said, emphasizing “it is important that this is clear.”  Having a priest give the sacrament does not necessarily mean saying “goodbye to life,” he said. “Thinking this way means giving up every hope.” 

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