Take a moment to think about the rituals you go through when a family member gets sick: breaking out the thermometer, giving medicine, making chicken noodle soup or green tea, and so on. Why not add prayer to the mix? After all, healing was a centerpiece of Jesus’ ministry, and he commanded the apostles to heal the sick as well (Mark 16:17-18).
► Prepare ahead of time by keeping holy water in your medicine cabinet, along with a prayer for sickness. You can find numerous prayers for and blessings of the sick in Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers (or see the link below to the Order of the Blessing of the Sick).
► Gather around the sick person and lay hands on him or her, in keeping with Jesus’ command.
► If a family member is seriously ill, about to have surgery, or in danger of death, check with your parish about having them receive the Sacrament of Anointing. Once popularly referred to as “Last Rites,” the Sacrament of Anointing isn’t just for people on the point of death (Catechism 1514).