Father Z with some important comments on Anointing of the Sick

The primary means for forgiveness of post-baptismal mortal sins is clearly the Sacrament of Penance.  That doesn’t mean that the Sacrament of Anointing does not forgive mortal sins.

In short, if a person incapable of confessing his mortal sins is anointed, his mortal sins are in that anointing forgiven.  However, on recovery he must make a confession of sins when possible.  In that respect it is similar to General Absolution.

I can’t say everything there is to say about this sacrament here, but I can offer some comments.

The effects of the Sacrament of Anointing or Anointing of the Sick or, sometimes, Extreme Unction, are:

  • To increase sanctifying grace in a moment of great need (danger of death)
  • To console the person
  • To strengthen against temptation
  • To heal the body
  • To forgive mortal sins when a person is incapable of confessing them or is unaware of his state of soul

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A last chance for lost souls

Stories of people who have overcome enormous obstacles and who live full and rich lives

We must declare with great certitude that there is no such thing as a life not worth living. We say this not as some politically correct slogan but rather with firm conviction that every human life is willed by God. We were willed before we were made for the Scriptures say, “Before I ever formed you in the womb I knew and I appointed you…” (Jer 1:4). None of us is an accident nor are our gifts and apparent deficits mistakes. We exist as we are, the way we are for a purpose, a purpose for us and for others. We all have an irreplaceable role in God’s kingdom and show forth aspect of His glory uniquely. Every human life is intended and is worth living because God says so by the very fact that we exist.

If this past week has taught us anything it is that the human person is sacred and that life is something worth living and worth fighting for. There was death, but there was also heroism. There are also those who, despite serious injury, have fought to come back and seek recovery. Further, there are those who join them in the medical profession and in their families who also struggle and fight to bring them that healing. This is resilience, this is strength, this is the truth that life is worth living.

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Believe in God, but not religion?

Q: Believe in God, but not religion?
If someone believes that God does exists, but does not go to church, or believe in the bible, or in an after life in Heaven or Hell, are they called an Agnostic, because I know an Agnostic is someone who does not know if there is or is not a god.

A: An agnostic is typically someone who doesn’t really care whether God exists … or not … or that God is simply unknowable.

Someone who claims to believe in God, but not religion, obviously believes that faith in any deity will get the job done.

Authentic religion will prove … both logically and factually … that such a belief is simply not true.

The Catholic Church teaches that the primary purpose of our human existence is to come to know and love the one, true God.

Next, is the virtually simultaneous process of being ultimately perfected in God’s grace, so that we might one day, be fit to share with him all that he is and all that he has, for all eternity.

There is no religion on the planet that compares with the divinely revealed, complete, consistent, practical, and systematic theology of the Catholic Church.

And that’s no coincidence, since the Catholic Church was personally founded by Jesus Christ, who is God, and who proved it, by rising from the dead.

Can I have a non-cliche answer?

Q: Can I have a non-cliche answer?

Some Christians are very eager to describe their faith, but the way they do it often leads me to believe that they have no idea what they are actually talking about. Isn’t there more to it than just being a good person who doesn’t sin because anyone can follow rules and be good? I would like to hear a Christian describe how to be a Christian without using the words “Just accept Jesus into your heart.” I would like to hear a Christian describe how Christians should know how to act without saying, “faith leads us down the path of righteousness.” Or “The Bible tells us how.” I would like to hear a Christian say what the purpose of being a Christian is with something more specific than, “To bring glory to God.” Or “To usher in the kingdom of Heaven.” I am not trying to prove some point here. I want to know what you mean specifically by “righteousness.” What does it mean right now, today, in a real way to “bring Glory to God”? Etc. Can you do it? Without sounding cliche.

A: Catholics rightly understand that the only way most people will ever be able to discern and/or have any hope of accomplishing the high purpose for which God created them, is through a lifetime of full, faithful, charitable participation in all of the work, worship, sacraments and devotions of the only authentic and universal Christian Church that Jesus ever founded, for the purpose of our salvation.

This is no cliche … this is truth … based on the teachings of Christ and the apostles … and on the sum total of 2000 years of practical, worldwide experience.