“The first grace of this sacrament is one of strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1520).
Christ’s compassion toward the sick and his many healings of every kind of illness are a splendid sign that “God has visited his people” (Lk 7:16). His preferential love for the sick draws special attention to all those who suffer in body and soul. Often Jesus asked the sick to believe because he came to heal the whole person. He gave us this sacrament of comfort and hope.
One of the two Sacraments of Healing is Anointing of the Sick. This sacrament is not only for those who are in danger of death, but suffering a serious illness. The priest prays that they may be healed in body, mind, and spirit.