Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Words of Inspiration: Extreme Unction

St Alphonsus speaks of a sick man who delayed to receive Extreme Unction until it was almost too late, for he died shortly afterwards (Praxis Confess., n. 274). Now, God made known by way of revelation, says the holy doctor, that if he had received the Sacrament earlier, he would have been restored to health. However, the most precious effect of the last Sacraments is that which they produce upon the soul; they purify it from the remains of sin, and take away, or at least diminish, its debt of temporal punishment; they strengthen it to bear suffering in a holy manner; they fill it with confidencein God, and assist it to accept death from His Hands in union with that of Jesus Christ (Purgatory Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints, Schouppe 1926, TAN p 390)

For more information see this article: What is Extreme Unction

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