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Comfort in Suffering: Catholic Care for the Sick and Dying

  • The Catholic University of America
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Let one of America’s foremost liturgical scholars lead you to a deeper understanding of Catholic beliefs about mortality. If you are a pastor, or if someone in your life is sick or dying, this powerful course is for you.

Over the course of our lives, we all suffer from serious illnesses. We all mourn the losses of loved ones. We all, at the end, confront death. Despite its certainty, many regard mortality with fear and try to avoid these events.

The Catholic Church instead faces this reality with hope, assuring us of our final destiny: to live with God forever. Comfort in Suffering: Catholic Care for the Sick and Dying will enrich your faith and your understanding of human sickness, the process of dying, and the need to grieve in liturgical moments.

The Church addresses these events through rituals: anointing the sick, giving Communion as Viaticum, and burying the dead with dignity. To understand the power of these traditions, you will explore their scriptural roots, looking at Jesus’ healing ministry. You will see how the Catholic Church continued this ministry from its earliest days through Vatican II.

Next, you will explore Catholic teachings about the care of the sick and dying, considering our rich variety of prayers. Finally, you will look at practical ways to prepare for these sacramental moments.

Discover the full depths of our holy rituals in this powerful course.

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Topic Titles
  • The Human Experience of Sickness, Death, and Dying
  • Death and Dying in Scripture
  • Pastoral Care for the Sick and Dying: The Early Church to 700
  • Death and Dying: The Middle Ages to 1500
  • Death and Dying: The Reformation and the Council of Trent
  • Pastoral Care for the Sick and Dying at the Second Vatican Council
  • Pastoral Care for the Sick
  • Pastoral Care for the Dying
  • Pastoral Care for the Dead and Bereaved: The Wake
  • Pastoral Care for the Dead and Bereaved: The Funeral Liturgy
  • Pastoral Care for the Dead and Bereaved: The Committal
  • Cultivating a Pastoral Spirit Toward the Sick, the Dying, and the Bereaved
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Rev. Michael G. Witczak, M.Div., S.L.D., is an expert in liturgical history and the sacraments. A pastor and scholar, he is Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He earned his B.A. at St. Francis de Sales College, and his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee. After his ordination in 1977, he served for three years as a parochial vicar and then returned to studies, earning the Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy (S.L.L.) and the Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy (S.L.D.) at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute at the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm in Rome. A priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Rev. Witczak taught at St. Francis Seminary (now St. Francis de Sales Seminary) in that city from 1983 until 2007, when he joined the faculty at CUA.

His teaching focuses on sacramental liturgy, including the sacrament of initiation, as well as the funeral rites and the role of the saints in the calendar of Catholic worship. He has published The Sacrament of Baptism (Lex Orandi Series, Liturgical Press) and articles in journals including Ecclesia Orans, Theological Studies, Ministry and Liturgy, and Liturgical Ministry. Rev. Witczak is a p...

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