For all people, life is a gift from God. Life is given as the opportunity to meet God in friendship and love; life is the journey to God; and the end goal of life is to live with God forever. Baptism has set the Christian on this pilgrimage of faith into an explicit and personal relationship with Christ who is ‘the Way’, within the Church which is the community of fellow pilgrims. The life and death experience of Jesus reveals that God has entered every aspect of human life, especially suffering. God knows what it is like to lose everything, even his own Son. End of life is generally a time that spirituality and religion assumes a heightened significance, because as earthly life draws to an end, the goal of eternal life with God becomes ever nearer. It is an opportunity to deepen one’s relationship with God. However, the physical, emotional and spiritual crises that characterise death can affect the Christian in many ways and worries about the world and what they are leaving behind can distort the glorious vision to which they are called. Pastoral ministry to the dying Christian helps provide reassurance and confidence to the person and his or her family at this time. Sometimes this is called Divine Unction or the Last Rites.
If we can help in this ministry, please contact:
In an emergency – Fr Rob on 01787 210434
To book a planned visit – our Administrator on 01787 828046, or boxriverbenefice@ gmail.com