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Living Our Faith: Sacrament Series – Anointing of the Sick

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The sacrament of anointing of the sick — sometimes called the sacrament of the sick — continues the healing work of Jesus.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago blesses a sick child at Lurie Children’s Hospital Dec. 25. Anointing a sick person with the oil of healing and peace petitions God to strengthen, comfort, encourage and even heal the person. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic) See MIDST Jan. 4, 2018.

The sacrament is appropriate for anyone whose health is seriously imperiled by sickness or advanced age.

Through the anointing of the sick, we are reminded that Jesus understands our suffering and that the church, communally, shares with us in our pain.