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Anointing of the Sick | Physically Spiritual S2 E17

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

In the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, the Church continues Christ's work of healing. But, not everyone who is prayed over, even by a priest, is healed, at least not in the way we expect. This episode of Physically Spiritual explores healing and the Anointing of the Sick.

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3:00 James 5: 14 - 15

4:45 Why isn’t everyone healed?

7:45 Psychology and Healing

10:15 Where is God in Illness?

17:30 How, Who, & When?

23:15 The Effects of Anointing


“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” James 5: 14 - 15 -
“Illness and suffering have always been among the gravest problems confronted in human life. In illness, man experiences his powerlessness, his limitations, and his finitude. Every illness can make us glimpse death.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1500 -
“Illness can lead to anguish, self-absorption, sometimes even despair and revolt against God. It can also make a person more mature, helping him discern in his life what is not essential so that he can turn toward that which is. Very often illness provokes a search for God and a return to him.” Ibid. 1501. -
“Moved by so much suffering Christ not only allows himself to be touched by the sick, but he makes their miseries his own: "He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.". But he did not heal all the sick. His healings were signs of the coming of the Kingdom of God. They announced a more radical healing: the victory over sin and death through his Passover. On the cross Christ took upon himself the whole weight of evil and took away the "sin of the world,". of which illness is only a consequence. By his passion and death on the cross Christ has given a new meaning to suffering: it can henceforth configure us to him and unite us with his redemptive Passion.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1505. -
“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church” Col 1: 24 -
“The risen Lord renews this mission ("In my name . . . they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.") and confirms it through the signs that the Church performs by invoking his name. These signs demonstrate in a special way that Jesus is truly "God who saves." Ibid. 1507. -
“The Holy Spirit gives to some a special charism of healing so as to make manifest the power of the grace of the risen Lord. But even the most intense prayers do not always obtain the healing of all illnesses. Thus St. Paul must learn from the Lord that "my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness," and that the sufferings to be endured can mean that "in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his Body, that is, the Church." Ibid. 1508. -

Naturally Supernatural Healing | Physically Spiritual 23 -

Aquinas 101 - Confession and Anointing of the Sick -

At 17:45 I misidentified the holy oil used in anointing as the “Chrism Oil”. This was a mistake. The Oil of Infirmed is used in anointing

“The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill by anointing them on the forehead and hands with duly blessed oil - pressed from olives or from other plants - saying, only once: "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up." Cf. CIC, Can. 847 § 1 -
“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." Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1514. -
“In addition to the Anointing of the Sick, the Church offers those who are about to leave this life the Eucharist as viaticum. Communion in the body and blood of Christ, received at this moment of "passing over" to the Father, has a particular significance and importance. It is the seed of eternal life and the power of resurrection, according to the words of the Lord: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." The sacrament of Christ once dead and now risen, the Eucharist is here the sacrament of passing over from death to life, from this world to the Father.” Ibid. 1524. -

The Effects of Anointing of the Sick - Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1520 - 1523 -

“Can. 1007 The anointing of the sick is not to be conferred upon those who persevere obstinately in manifest grave sin.”

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