GCSPD 32-35: Anointing of the Sick

The Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities remind us that “disability does not necessarily indicate an illness,” so the conditions for anointing are the same as for any other Catholic (GCSPD 34), that is, serious illness, old age without necessarily a serious illness present. There is also the usual discernment about a person’s “use of reason” (Ibid. 35), and a positive expectation about the person being strengthened by anointing and its readings, prayers, and rituals. When in doubt about that, anoint.

Otherwise, not a whole lot to say. Similar to other sacraments, parents, guardians, and pastors should be alert to the right moment (Ibid. 33). Also, a positive consideration for communal celebrations, and including persons with disabilities in these when celebrated in the parish.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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