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Saints to Help the Sick and Dying

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Back in print: cherished guidebook for distressed souls, and their loved ones, by the late Monsignor Edmund J. Goebel

“…Belongs in Catholic homes…for the sick and the dying and for those who minister to them. The wonder is that such a helpful, consoling and instructive companion did not appear long ago. When anyone is sick or dying, a priest present or not, what should be done? What should be prepared for Communion of the sick, for Extreme Unction? This book, which gives the official prayers of the Church in English for those occasions, answers such questions. It is likewise a manual that permits an intelligent and prayerful assistance at the side of a person who is ill. What will surprise many is the number of special patron saints who may be invoked against particular and common diseases. For each of these saints the author supplies a short biography, a mention of the malady against which the saint is invoked, and a special prayer.”- Ave Maria Magazine (c. 1937)

“…brings before the minds of the faithful, as well as priests and religious, the various Saints who are invoked in specific diseases. Definite efforts are made to provide complete instructions for the sick. The Sacraments and the virtues in the sickroom are shortly explained. The greater part of the book is concerned with the Saints.”- Homiletic and Pastoral Review (c. 1937)


  • Explanation: your proper resignation to the will of God
  • Prayers and accompanying indulgences at this momentous time
  • Thoughts to consider in times of suffering
  • Words of saints to ponder and take solace in
  • The effects of Extreme Unction, the anointing of the sick. And: step by step guide through the ritual, in the Old Latin Rite, recently encouraged again by Pope Benedict
  • Practical procedures to follow in times of serious illness or death
  • Dying sayings of saintly souls on which to meditate
  • The Litany of the Dying and an Examination of Conscience
  • What to do at the bedside of a dying non-Catholic
  • How to make a good confession
  • Particular saints for particular illnesses. Their lives; prayers to them

Msgr. Goebel’s gentle words for readers: “…though all the saints may be invoked in sickness and in death, some have become universally known for aid in specific cases. To these, this little book is especially directed, with the prayerful hope that the sick and suffering may come to know God’s chosen wonder-workers, and, if it be His will, they may receive the blessings of restored health and happiness.”


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