Thursday, July 2, 2009

People brought a paralitic to Jesus

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,
"Courage, child, your sins are forgiven."
The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects:
- the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church;
- the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age;
- the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance;
- the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul;
- the preparation for passing over to eternal life.
-- CCC 1532

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Art: Netherlandish, 16th Century: The Healing of the Paralytic, c. 1560/1590. Chester Dale Collection. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
(Liturgy of Thurs, Wk 13, Yr 1.)

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