Calling Saint Pio…

With the seeming impossibility (short of a miracle) of getting a priest to come out, for Anointing of the Sick and Last Sacraments, I’ve put in a standing request (should I be suddenly called from this world) for the priestly ministry and intercession of Saint Padre Pio, who is “a priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedech” (Hebrews 5:8) and is known for managing to get around pretty well, during even the toughest of times.

I’ve always had a great deal of respect for Saint Pio. He actually scares the Hell out of me. But, God willing, that’s precisely what I’m looking for, when it’s my time to go!

Report: Hugo Chavez died ‘in the bosom of the Church’.

Caracas, Venezuela, Mar 6, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA).- A reliable source in Venezuela has revealed to CNA that President Hugo Chavez died “in bosom of the Church” and received spiritual direction and the sacraments in his last days.


Editor’s note: Let’s pray that we may all be so fortunate.

USA Today article on “Last Rights” a bit vague, but worth reading

CLEVELAND — In days long gone, Roman Catholic priests regularly made deathbed house calls, even in the middle of the night with little notice, to pray over the dying and anoint them with holy oils.

The candlelight ritual, popularly known as last rites, continues in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice houses and private homes. But it happens less frequently because priests — the only ones who can perform the service — are in short supply.

Although fewer Catholics are seeking what’s officially known as the sacrament of anointing of the sick, those who do want it could be at risk of reaching their final hours without the prayer-whispering presence of a Roman-collared priest unless they plan ahead.


Editor’s note: For most … especially we Catholics … there’s really no excuse for waiting until the very last moment to make things right with God. The best advice is to always be prepared … and be always “ready to travel” … since you never know when you might be called.

The only time-tested, dependable and approved way to accomplish that is through regular, full, and faithful participation in all of the work, worship, sacraments and devotions of the Catholic Church.

In a “pinch” never forget the practical value of a good “Act of Contrition” … an “Our Father” … “Hail Mary” … and a “Glory Be” … with a prayer to St. Michael “thrown in” for good measure, whether for you … or for someone you love.  

Suggested additional reading:

Anointing of the Sick, Last Sacraments, and the Apostolic Pardon

A last chance for lost souls

What’s so special about a Roman Catholic priest?

Anointing of the Sick, Last Sacraments, and the Apostolic Pardon

Catholicism has always been a very practical faith, with grace-giving sacraments and related devotions that are appropriate for every aspect of our human existence, including death.

Those who are ill, or in danger of death, greatly benefit from the sacraments of Anointing, Reconciliation, and Holy Communion, which may be accompanied by a special type of indulgence, called the Apostolic Pardon.

The Apostolic Pardon (Apostolic Blessing) is applicable only to those who are in imminent danger of death. The pardon must also be administered by a priest.

The Apostolic Pardon does not forgive sins, but it typically makes any “stay” in Purgatory unnecessary.

Many of today’s priests no longer routinely administer the Pardon, so you may need to specifically request it. I suggest you print it out and keep a copy in an easily accessible, handy place.

Here’s the text:

By the Faculty which the Apostolic See has given me, I grant you a plenary indulgence for the remission of all your sins, and I bless you.  In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reception of these powerful, Catholic, end of life resources acts to help perfect one’s eternal relationship with the Almighty, by finally reconciling body and soul with God.

If death subsequently results, there need be little concern about divine judgment or eternal damnation, since the primary mission of the Church, the primary purpose of all the sacraments, and the express will of God … is salvation.

Unlike the pardon … which applies only to Catholics who are very near death … that which used to be termed “Last Rites” … the combined reception of Anointing, Holy Communion, and Reconciliation … may be repeated as often as is necessary (and/or prudent.)

Regarding the pardon ONLY … it should be noted that … if no priest is available to minister to the dying … and so long as that person has prayed, in the recent past … the provisions of the Apostolic Pardon accrue to his/her spiritual benefit … automatically. (No kidding!)

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