From a reader:
Yesterday (Friday) and I was rushed to the E.R. with a possible aortic dissection. It turned out that it was just muscle pain. I asked for a Catholic priest, and, to my great fortune, my regular parish priest was on call! He was extremely nice! He gave me the Anointing of the Sick, and heard my Confession. I got some things of my chest, and I am glad that I did. I just wanted to write to recommend to all your readers that if they go to the E.R. or hospital, it helps to get Anointing and have Confession. It comforts the soul. Thank-you for ministry, Father, and may God Bless You!
I should say it does!
One of our most earnest prayers as Catholics in the Litany of Saints is “from a sudden and unprovided death, deliver us O Lord”! We don’t know the day or the hour.
“But Father! But Father!”, some of you may be saying. “You ask this once in a while. Do you want to scare the hell out of us?”
Yes. I do.
- There is a good alternative to being scared, however.
- Reflect frequently on the reality of death.
- Examine your consciences daily.
- Make a good confession as frequently as you need to of all mortal sins in number and kind.
Parish priests, bishops, please hear confessions, preach about confession, teach about confession, make your own confession. It is going to happen to you to, Fathers. You also are all going to die.