We conclude this section on The Sacraments with a very brief look at anointing of the sick.
Finally, the anointing of the sick in the trial of illness and old age and especially at the Christian’s final hour is a sign of definitive conversion to the Lord and of total acceptance of suffering and death as a penance for sins. And in this is accomplished supreme reconciliation with the Father.
The connection with reconciliation for sins goes back to the letter of James. I think an expanded approach to this sacrament has been a great grace for the Church and the laity.
However, among the sacraments there is one which, though it has often been called the sacrament of confession because of the accusation of sins which takes place in it, can more appropriately be considered by antonomasia the sacrament of penance, as it is in fact called. And thus it is the sacrament of conversion and reconciliation. The recent synod particularly concerned itself with this sacrament because of its importance with regard to reconciliation.
And we will get to this in a few days. Taking a pause for the first apex of the Christmas holidays.
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