The sacraments of healing
As human, we have natural tendency to sin, this breaks our relationship with God. Through reconciliation with God, we begin to heal.
The body can be subject to suffering, illness, and even death. Before you know it, life fades away and be lost. Jesus Christ is the physician of our bodies as well as our souls. He is the one who forgave sins and brought him/her back to health and he continues to do this through his church, in the power of the holy spirit, it is his work of curing and redemption. Using the popular words- Jesus saves!
There are two sacraments of healing:
- The sacrament of penance and reconciliation:
“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.
Only God can forgive sins and the people ask Him for forgiveness. As Jesus is the son of God he exercises the right to forgiveness. As he said this himself, “The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” and by his divine authority, he has further given this write to his men. Christ willed the church as the sign and the instrument of penance and recompilation. Here who shall enter if he repents fully heartedly will be forgiven. The apostolic ministry was entrusted with the implementation of the power of forgiveness by him, which he also indicted with the “ministry of reconciliation. The apostle is sent out “on behalf of Christ” with “God making his appeal” through him and pleading: “Be reconciled to God.
This sacrament is called the sacrament of conversion because it calls Jesus to conversion and helps the person who has strayed far away from his father reconnect with him. This sacrament also blesses the Christian sinner’s peculiar and ecclesial steps of penance, conversion, and satisfaction hence also called the sacrament of penance. Apart from that, it is also called the sacrament of forgiveness as after the sacramental absolution by the priest God grants forgiveness to his people and it is also called the sacrament of reconciliation as it reconciles the sinner back with his God. This is the whole purpose and effect of this sacrament.
- The sacrament of anointing the sick:
This sacrament is said to provide comfort to all the sick through the grace of God. It provides spiritual and sometimes physical healing as well. The ritual involves anointing with oil of the sick and prayer of the priest. The person being anointed receives grace for the salvation of their souls. The effects of this sacrament are forgiveness of your sins, you receive spiritual strength and healing.
Each of us has a list of sins, the crimes we committed and the wrongs we did. Nobody’s perfect and it’s never too late to atone for them and try and repair the harm done. These sacraments help him do that and live a peaceful and satisfactory life.