Category Archives: Pastoral Care of the Sick

Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 11:25-30

Care for people who are sick and dying has been part of Christianity from the time of Jesus. The Jewish tradition extends centuries into the past from there. In its rites for Pastoral Care, the Catholic church offers no less … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Acts 4:8-12

The chief apostolic feast is tonight and tomorrow. Let’s hear the testimony of Saint Peter on the role of Jesus in the healing ministry of the Church: Then Peter, filled with the holy Spirit, answered (the Sanhedrin), “Leaders of the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Job 7:12-21

The first of Job’s companions, Eliphaz, confronts him (chapters 4-5) and the man responds to him (6:1-7:11). Then Job addresses God directly for the rest of chapter 7. I hope we are past the cliché of the patience of Job. … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 15:29-31

Popular among many Catholics is the Healing Mass. I’ve experienced a number of these. They are quite moving, a combination of the emotions of the people as well as the spiritual significance of believers gathering to pray for significant physical … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 38

In his day, Hezekiah was a household name in Judah. Indeed, those familiar with the Bible will recognize him as one of the more godly rulers, and Matthew cites his name when giving us the genealogy of Joseph. Toward the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Job 7:1-4

A thought experiment: ask some occasional Christians or non-believers to name off books of the Old Testament. My guess is that Job would place close behind first-place Genesis. It’s a complex work. Scholars place it among the poetic literature. It’s … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Job 3:1-3

Care for people who are sick and dying has been part of Christianity from the time of Jesus. The Jewish tradition extends centuries into the past from there. The book of Job is one of the most well-known Scriptures both … Continue reading

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