The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)

Day 208: Completing the Earthly Pilgrimage

July 27th, 2023  •  16 mins 36 secs  •  Download (16.6 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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The effects of the Anointing of the Sick are numerous and deeply transformative. In times of great need and temptation, this sacrament brings us strength, courage, peace, and the forgiveness of sins. Fr. Mike explains that these effects aren’t only for the individual recipient but for the whole ecclesial community. We learn that when a person approaches the threshold of death, joining this anointing with Reconciliation and the Eucharist as viaticum constitute “the sacraments that complete the earthly pilgrimage.” Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1520-1525.