This comes from an interesting response to a question posed to Msgr. Charles Pope in his column in Our Sunday Visitor: It has to do with the dying receiving the Apostolic Blessing, the likelihood of Purgatory for most all of us, and the overall spiritual disposition of the person who has died. Some seem to think a last-minute Anointing or Blessing is magic and will be the person’s ticket straight to Heaven.  Only God knows where we stand at the moment of death in terms of having a true relationship with Him, but I suspect the person who has not darkened the church doors for years or had any prayer life, or lived less than a moral life, may be in for a surprise and should only hope for Purgatory.  But all a good reason, again, why we pray for the Poor Souls in Purgatory.  Most of us will likely pass through. Pope’s answer to much of this is as follows:

Answer: There is certainly an important role, at the threshold of death, in the Apostolic Blessing, which is a sacramental. Even more so is the value of the Sacraments of Confession, Anointing of the Sick, and Holy Communion. However, they do not work like magic; their fruitfulness is tied to the disposition of the one who receives them. Even the absolution of confession does not take away all temporal punishments due to sin. The apostolic pardon, while conferring a dispensation from punishments due to sin, acts much like a plenary indulgence and requires freedom from all attachments to sin. Hence, even those who have received these wonderful blessings ought still be seen as likely needful of our prayers. The Lord alone is the judge of all. ~Fr. John