The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
How can we decide if we should ask to be anointed or ask to have a loved one anointed? If you are asking yourself this question, that indicates that most likely it is appropriate to call your priest .
- A sick person may be anointed before surgery, whether or not a serious illness is the reason for the surgery.
- Elderly people may be anointed if they have become notably weakened even though no serious illness is present.
- Sick children may be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be strengthened by this sacrament.
- People of all ages, including children, who suffer from a serious illness or are facing major surgery can be anointed.
And if you are still unsure ask Father Bob!
The anointing of the sick is administered by a priest to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness. This sacrament, unlike some of our other sacraments, can be administered more than once, especially if a person has a chronic illness.
Does a person have to be dying to receive this sacrament? No. The Catechism says,
“The anointing of the sick is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived” (CCC 1514).
Do you have more questions? This link will give you great insight into this often misunderstood sacrament. God bless you. https://www.franciscanmedia.org/sacrament-of-anointing-of-the-sick/