Jesus came to heal the whole person, body and soul.
In the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, throughthe ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from
sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the
arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his
plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.
The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait
until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful
judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.
When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the
hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed
of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the
Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy
Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany
serious illness or the frailty of old age.
~from the United States Catholic Catechism
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