On this “Thankful Thursday” I wanted to share with you the story of Frank Bavosi Sr. my Grandfather. In my last blog, I asked you all to pray for him because we were told that he was dying and they didn’t expect him to make it through the week. Upon hearing the news, I ran to his bedside and coordinated a priest to come and give him the anointing of the sick. I believe strongly in this Sacrament and have witnessed its healing effects many times.
Our Catechism of the Catholic Church says,
1511 The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick:
- THE EFFECTS OF THE CELEBRATION OF THIS SACRAMENT
1520 A particular gift of the Holy Spirit. The first grace of this sacrament is one of strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age. This grace is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who renews trust and faith in God and strengthens against the temptations of the evil one, the temptation to discouragement and anguish in the face of death.135 This assistance from the Lord by the power of his Spirit is meant to lead the sick person to healing of the soul, but also of the body if such is God’s will.136 Furthermore, “if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”137
1521 Union with the passion of Christ. By the grace of this sacrament the sick person receives the strength and the gift of uniting himself more closely to Christ’s Passion: in a certain way he is consecrated to bear fruit by configuration to the Savior’s redemptive Passion. Suffering, a consequence of original sin, acquires a new meaning; it becomes a participation in the saving work of Jesus.
1522 An ecclesial grace. The sick who receive this sacrament, “by freely uniting themselves to the passion and death of Christ,” “contribute to the good of the People of God.”138 By celebrating this sacrament the Church, in the communion of saints, intercedes for the benefit of the sick person, and he, for his part, though the grace of this sacrament, contributes to the sanctification of the Church and to the good of all men for whom the Church suffers and offers herself through Christ to God the Father.
1523 A preparation for the final journey. If the sacrament of anointing of the sick is given to all who suffer from serious illness and infirmity, even more rightly is it given to those at the point of departing this life; so it is also called sacramentum exeuntium (the sacrament of those departing).139 The Anointing of the Sick completes our conformity to the death and Resurrection of Christ, just as Baptism began it. It completes the holy anointings that mark the whole Christian life: that of Baptism which sealed the new life in us, and that of Confirmation which strengthened us for the combat of this life. This last anointing fortifies the end of our earthly life like a solid rampart for the final struggles before entering the Father’s house.140
1532 The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects:
– the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church;
– the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age;
– the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of Penance;
– the restoration of health, if it is conducive to the salvation of his soul;
– the preparation for passing over to eternal life.
Sacraments are a gift to the church for its people and you can receive this Grace for reasons other than dying such as struggling with an addiction, mental illness, biopsy testing for a possible disease, operation, and even if you are seriously struggling with hardships of many different kinds. You can also receive this anointing repeatedly. Basically, what I am trying to convey is that you don’t have to wait until you are about to die to receive this special anointing and its powerful Graces. I have been in the healing ministry for many years and have witnessed its powerful healing properties time and time again. Especially when a loving faith community lays hands on the sick and prayers for their healing in addition to this anointing, miracles can happen.
This is my Grandfather 91 years old, last week dying in the hospital. Suffering from a bladder infection, blood infection, mild stroke, a touch of pneumonia, and his 5th heart attack while having only 1 artery open in his entire body.
This is him today in rehab recovering from all mentioned above.
God works in mysterious ways and not everyone will receive a complete healing as our Catechist suggests
1508 The Holy Spirit gives to some a special charism of healing119 so as to make manifest the power of the grace of the risen Lord. But even the most intense prayers do not always obtain the healing of all illnesses. Thus St. Paul must learn from the Lord that “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,” and that the sufferings to be endured can mean that “in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his Body, that is, the Church.”120
and I am certain my Grandfather’s death is imminent, however, the healing he has received from God’s Sacrament and our prayers are worth celebrating on this “THANKFUL THURSDAY BLOG.”
THANK YOU TO ALL!
YOUR PRAYERS ARE POWERFUL BEYOND BELIEF!