In this 2nd Grade lesson, we learn of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, also called Extreme Unction.
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Catholics who are sick, suffering or dying may receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. This Sacrament gives special graces to help the suffering person either get better, or die in a state of grace. It helps them to get into Heaven.
When Jesus was here on earth He always showed great love for the sick, the suffering, and the dying. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, helped the lame to walk and the deaf to hear. He taught His disciples to also heal those who were suffering in His name.
Jesus gave us the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick in order to give us special graces to endure suffering, sickness and death. Anointing of the Sick gives peace and strength to the sick person, it forgives their sins, and sometimes, if it is God’s will, cures them. This Sacrament gives grace to strengthen the sick person in the Holy Spirit. It helps bring them comfort and relieves anxiety, discouragement, temptation and increases peace and fortitude.
The Anointing of the Sick unites the sick person to Christ’s suffering on the Cross. Uniting our own suffering to Christ’s suffering helps us to understand that Christ’s suffered too. Christ wouldn’t give us any suffering without the grace to handle it.
When a person reaches the end of their life, they may feel very worried about their eternal salvation. Nobody knows what it’s like to die or go to Purgatory or Heaven. Anointing of the Sick helps with that transition.
The Baltimore Catechism tells us that this Sacrament does several really important things. Most importantly, it takes away sins. It puts the dying person is in a state of grace. Also, it helps the dying person not despair or give in to their fear. It also helps strengthen the dying person. They can better accept that it may be God’s will that they die. These are really important graces to receive for someone who is in danger of dying.
Anointing of the Sick has several parts, including Confession and the Eucharist. When the priest gives this Sacrament he hears the dying person’s confession and gives them Communion. Sometimes a person may not be able to do either of these things, so the priest forgives their sins and gives them a small bit of the Eucharist on their tongue.
What do you do if you or someone in your family is very sick and may die? Call a priest right away. One of the best things that can happen to a Catholic before they die is to have a priest come to give them this very wonderful S... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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