What does the Anointing of the Sick do?

There are five effects of the Anointing of the Sick. It unites us to Christ’s Passion, strengthens us to endure suffering, forgives our sins, restores our health if it’s conducive for our salvation, and prepares us to enter eternal life.

The Anointing of the Sick unites us to Jesus Christ and his sufferings, both for our own good and that of the whole Church. By uniting us to Jesus’ Passion, we receive consolation and peace; our suffering becomes salvific and redemptive. It strengthens us in our trial, gives us increased courage and perseverance, and helps us bear our cross with greater peace.

“Anxiety is removed. We can face death with peace and welcome it with joy.”

As one of the sacraments of healing, the Anointing of the Sick absolves sins if we’re unable to go to Confession. Sometimes even our physical health is restored, if it’s conducive for the salvation of our soul. Lastly, Anointing of the Sick prepares us to pass from death to eternity, replacing fear with faith, so that we may pass from this life to the next with hope.

Read more about the five effects of the Anointing of the Sick in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.