Question of the Day for Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Anointing for Spiritual Wounds?
Q. Should the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick be sought by someone suffering from a long-term mental and spiritual wound caused by being a victim of a sin or crime?
Extreme Unction seems to be reserved for those in physical danger of death, and yet there are serious, persistent mental and spiritual sicknesses that may need more than counseling in order to heal. I believe this sacrament has been neglected.
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
You are correct in stating that “there are serious and persistent mental and spiritual sicknesses that may need more than counseling in order to heal.” But the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was not intended to cure mental illness. It is chiefly to strengthen the soul in times of physical suffering and anguish, and secondarily it can restore strength and vitality to the body to give the soul an opportunity to prepare to meet the Lord.
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