Catholic Update Guide to the Sacraments of Healing

Catholic Update Guide to the Sacraments of Healing

by Mary Carol Kendzia (Editor)



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ISBN-13: 9781616364311
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Pages: 52
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.20(d)

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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.

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CarolBlank More than 1 year ago
The Catholic Update Guide to the Sacraments of Healing begins with highlights of the Church’s development of the sacraments known today as reconciliation and the anointing of the sick. Much of the material on both topics is taken from the writings of Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M., who holds a doctorate in liturgy and sacramental theology and lectures at St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana. In the reconciliation chapter, Richstatter reviews earlier models from “Celtic Penance” in fifth-century Ireland through liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council. He writes that during the first half of the twentieth century Catholics went to Confession more often than they received Holy Communion, “But then—rather abruptly—around 1965, the long lines for confession on Saturday afternoons disappeared.” He looks at possible explanations; discusses several forms of penance, including communal celebrations; and describes the four parts to the sacrament. The chapter on the anointing of the sick also starts with a brief history and Scriptural background. By the time the Second Vatican Council convened, the sacrament had “suffered many distortions,” and the council instituted revisions beginning with updating its name from “extreme unction.” Richstatter covers instances in which the sacrament is now administered, from those suffering from addiction to caregivers; the rite itself; the celebration of Viaticum; pastoral care of the sick; commendation of the dying; and prayers for the dead. With its emphasis on the healing mission of Jesus and the Church, links to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and questions for reflection, this work is a valuable resource for Catholics at all stages of faith.