In my last Blog, I tried to give a succinct definition of the Sacrament of Anointing of the sick and how it differs from the Last Rites. For us to have a profound understanding of this sacrament and its efficacy so that we can begin to appreciate this sacrament, it would be nice if we first grapple with its origin and foundation.

On Christmas Eve we inaugurated an outdoor art installation displayed on the desertscape - the grounds of our new Church. It transformed the barren desertscape into a sanctuary for prayer for all people. The focal point are the large red doors; it is an interactive art piece, entitled : 

Do you know that each time we participate in the Eucharist we are being invited to share Gods love with others? To put it the other way, do you know that each time we don’t show love to people, we are rejecting Christ who is in the Eucharist? Let’s go down memory lane.

Recently, I have come to realize that some Catholics are having misconceptions vis-à-vis the sacrament of anointing of the sick and the Last Sacrament of the Christian (Last Rites). One day I went to the Hospital for a sick call, the patient who called for the sacrament of anointing of the sick told me that he wanted me to pray over his mother but not to anoint her with the oil of the sick. I tried to inquire why she didn’t want the anointing, one of the kids who was close to her responded immediately saying that it was because the anointing is meant for those who are dying and the mother is not going to die. Wow! It took me a couple of minutes to explain the difference between the two. Anyway, let’s get into that.

Happy New Year! When we think of Advent and the preparations we have to make for the coming of Jesus, our minds automatically think only of the coming of Jesus on December 25…His birth…which we celebrate every year without fail. However, in the season of advent we really celebrate the past…the future…and the present; we really celebrate “the three comings of Christ.” First, we celebrate the past…that Jesus came into this world, was made flesh, was born of the Virgin Mary some 2000 years ago. Second, we celebrate the present…the coming of Jesus into our very lives right here, right now, each and every day. And third, we celebrate the future…the second coming of Jesus at the end of time.