October 12, 2014 – A View from the Rectory Window

AAnointing Mass

Sunday, October 19, 2:00pm

Church of the Resurrection, Marmora

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. . . So Jesus said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” Mark 2:1-12

How often I have thought that if not for his friends, this man would have never walked. I ask your help in assisting someone receive the healing grace that Our Lord offers.

In the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick I have witnessed first-hand, so many times, the movement of grace in the life of an individual and in the life of a family.

I believe this grace could be received so many more times if we move beyond what we may have previously believed about this sacrament; i.e., that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is supposed to be offered to those who are dying.

In addition to those who are dying, the Sacrament offers the forgiveness of sins and spiritual strength and health for those:

Who suffer from the effects of advanced age,

And for those about to undergo medical procedures

Perhaps this is not your circumstance, but I believe we all know someone who could benefit from this gift. Perhaps, you are not sure. If this is the case, I offer you the simple rule that guides my discernment; when in doubt, we should err on the side of caution and offer the Sacrament to the faithful who request it.

The Effects of the Sacrament:

Besides this increase of grace, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, forgives sins, gives comfort and strengthens the soul of the person who is anointed.

  • This is the grace that quiets anxiety and dissipates fear.
  • It is the grace which enables the sick person to embrace God’s will and to face the possibility of death without apprehension and will aid in the salvation of the soul.
  • It is the grace which gives the soul the strength to face and conquer whatever temptations to doubt, despondency, or even despair.

If you know of someone who could use these and the other innumerable graces associated with this Sacrament, I encourage you to bring them to this special liturgy. If not for you . . .

Father Pete