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Drawing on the trusted and popular Catholic Update newsletter, the Catholic Update Guide to the Sacraments of Healing will answer your questions about the sacraments of reconciliation and the anointing of the sick whether you're new to the Church or need a refresher on these healing gifts. Provides a historical, practical, and sacramental perspective that blends solid theology with liturgical experience.
We all need healing. No one escapes physical hurts or spiritual wounds. The sacraments of reconciliation and anointing of the sick are the Church's response to our need for healingboth physical and spiritual. These sacraments continue Jesus's work of restoring health and bringing salvation to the broken, the vulnerable, the sick, and the dying. Both sacraments are points of contact between us and Jesus, part of the legacy of his mission: "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." The Church inherited Jesus's concern and through these sacraments continues what he did. In reconciliation and anointing we experience Jesus's healing touch. How comforting it is to know that Jesus is still healing us, still forgiving us, still very much with us. The Catholic Update Guide to the Sacraments of Healing reviews the healing power of both sacraments, dispels some misconceptions, and provides a historical, practical, and sacramental perspective that blends solid theology with liturgical experience. The book also explores the variety of names for these two sacramentsconfession, reconciliation, penance, conversion, and forgiveness for the sacrament of reconciliation, and extreme unction or the sacrament of the dying for the sacrament of the anointing of the sick.
The editors of Catholic Update have combined their bestselling issues to bring you the words of Richard Rohr, William Shannon, John Feister, Carol Luebering, and other popular authors on this topic.