he Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace.
It is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient and the community through the power of the Holy Spirit. 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 Anointing of the Sick "is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death.
The Effects of the Sacrament
When the sacrament is given, the hoped-for effect (is) that, if it be God’s will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the 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. Another grace of this sacrament is that the sick person receives the strength and the gift of uniting himself more closely to Christ's Passion. By freely uniting themselves to the passion and death of Christ," the sick, "contribute to the good of the People of God.