Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do Not let your heart be troubled or afraid." (John 14:27) With these words Christ indicated the legacy He wished to give to His members as He faced the death He was about to undergo on their behalf to make this inheritance possible. The priest arriving to administer Extreme Unction, obeying the injunction of Christ to His disciples to wish a house "peace" upon entering, (Luke 10:5) continues the tradition begun by Christ, whose greeting when he appeared after the resurrection expressed His desire to share the efficaciousness of His death with all men: "Peace be with you." (Luke 24:36; John 20:19, 21, 26). Thus the priest indicates at the beginning of this sacramental rite what is its final effect, and the effect of all sacramental living, a share in the inheritance and life of the risen Lord.