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Dom DeLorenzo wrote:

Hi, guys —

My grandma just passed away last night and I've been thinking of her all day. I haven't been able to be as happy, normal and cheery as I usually am.

She was anointed and I know she's in heaven right now but it just hurts not having her, especially since she lived with me.

  • Please tell me how God can comfort me or any way I can be comforted; this emotional pain is killing me.
  • Also, as side note, what grants a priest the power to anoint the sick and absolve people of all their sins, just like that?

Thank you so much for being here in my time of pain.

Sincerely,

Dom

  { Please tell me how God can comfort me in this time of loss plus what grants a priest the power? }

Mary Ann replied:

Dear Dom,

We hope your grandmother is in Heaven, but we don't know that. She may be in Heaven's anteroom, Purgatory, being purified to enter into the presence of God. That is why we pray for the dead, as Scripture recommends; our prayers help their purification process and move them into Heaven more quickly.

As for your grief, it is right, good and natural to grieve; to have honest sorrow for your loss.
You can offer the suffering for your grandmother, and it will help her. The time of grief will pass, and even while you are grieving, you will have a joyful hope for your grandmother.

Anointing is for healing the body, the mind, and the soul:

  • the body with strength and cure at times
  • the mind with strength and peace to face suffering and death, and
  • the soul by offering God's forgiveness to the repentant.

It is a great gift to receive at the hour of sickness or the hour of death. Be glad of it.

Blessings.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Dear Dom,

I'm sorry to hear about your Grandma passing; I will keep her in my prayers.

You said:
Also, as side note, what grants a priest the power to anoint the sick and absolve people of all their sins, just like that?

I would rather rephrase your question:

Also, as side note, what give a priest the ability to anoint the sick and absolve people of all their sins, just like that?

A holy priest will always be a humble priest and never view his ordination as receiving a power,
in the secular sense.

There are only three sacraments that place a mark on a person's soul:

  • the one a person receives at Baptism
  • the one a person receives at Confirmation, and
  • the one a man receives at Holy Orders

From the Catechism CCC 1570

The sacrament of Holy Orders marks them with an imprint ("character") which cannot be removed and which configures them to Christ, who made himself the "deacon" or servant of all.

Whenever a priest administers any of the sacraments, Jesus, who was a man, is using the body of the priest, also a man, to administer the sacrament, and its corresponding sacramental grace,
so know that when your mother was anointed, it was Our Lord Jesus doing the anointing, through the priest.

Hope this helps,

Mike

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