Both you and I are created in the Image of God. We are a perfect mixture of spirit
and matter, of body and soul. So when one or the other become ill or distressed
both are affected. For example, when I have a spiritual dryness, when my prayer
time gets pushed to the side, when I don’t use my God given gifts or when I feel
distant from God, all of these affect my spiritual being which in turn causes my
body to not feel well physically, to become sluggish, achy and sometime quite
ill. Another example is when I was facing surgery, my body was not well, and
because of that illness, feeling pain and anguish it disrupted my prayers and
worship. This disruption caused me to feel physically worse than I was. The way
that I was able to get my body and soul back into balance again was to receive
the Anointing of the Sick before by surgery.
The Anointing of the Sick is part of Christ’s healing work. Right from the beginning Our Lord
sent out His apostles to heal not only spiritually but “any who were sick they
anointed with oil”, (Mark6:30). The laying on of hands and the anointing of the
oil on my head and hands had a very power effect. When the priest said the
words, "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in
his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who
frees you from sin save you and raise you up."
they went straight to my soul. The
doubts and anguish seemed to fade and the healing of my soul played an enormous
part in my recovery. To renew my faith and hope gave strength to my body, to
rally for what was ahead. Even if my body had not been healed, my renewed faith
would have given me the courage to face the battle ahead.
I have been ‘Anointed for the Sick’ on another occasion and look at this special
grace as a ‘Holy and Grace Filled Anointing’. Although my physical healing was a
welcomed blessing the healing of my spirit and faith have had a lasting and
powerful effect. The deep connection between my body and soul, at first weighed
me down, but now there is a greater strength between the two. When there are
times of weakness I now know to turn to God for a healing medicine which just
may be in the form of His healing through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Either way I am able to fight on through with the Grace of a Healing God.