In our hospice activities, we were confronted with the fact that patients refuse the sacrament of the anointing of the PATIENT.
Because, according to them, "Neighbors will think I'm already dying!"
To help our patients who are no longer healed, we try to explain that the grace of this sacrament gives strength to both the soul and the body.
Most seriously ill people are happy that after anointing with the patient's special oil (Latin: oleum unctionis) the feeling significantly improves: it eases "on the shower", tension disappears. oleum unctionis) savijauta ženkliai pagerėja: palengvėja „ant dušios“, dingsta įtampos.
It has been seen more than once that patients who have completely lost their strength recover from the sacrament of the Anointing of the Patient.
Saturday, December 4, 2016 In the POLA training, we had the opportunity to hear and film Father Severin’s story on the subject.
Baptism is the 1st sacrament.
With it, God unlocks the triple door:
- To live with yourself,
- To life with the church,
- To life with other sacraments.
But let's think if the door is just unlocked - it's not open yet!
If we dare to open these doors, God will strengthen us.
People are often afraid of the Sacrament of Anointing the Patient… they sometimes think it would be the LAST Sacrament and a person can die suddenly and all is over!
No! I myself have already asked and received the sacrament of the Anointing of the Patient 7 times. And as you can see - I have been living for almost 75 years now.
According to the Gospel, the sick went to Christ to be healed.
We have to ask, but we cannot expect God to be an "automaton."
And this is our Way of accepting God’s Will. And this is an opportunity step by step to THANK YOU and for the disease.
"GO HOME, AND LET IT BE THAT YOU BELIEVE IN!" Mt 8: 5-17
I WISH you to dare to learn to TRUST "- said Br. kun. Severin OFM gathered in POLA organized trainings for oncology patients and our volunteers.