Suffering is something we all experience in our lives. It exists and is considered pretty normal. The Catholic Church teaches us to take up our own cross and follow behind Jesus. Mother Angelica on EWTN tells us to offer up our sufferings for the souls in purgatory. So, is suffering something we simply resign ourselves to do?
Jesus healed many people when He was on earth. And Jesus told us that we would do even greater things than He. But does that include healing mental, emotional, physical and spiritual diseases?
One elderly priest that I have met is physically bent over. He celebrates Mass bent over, hears confessions bent over, and walks throughout the church bent over. When I asked him about healing prayer, he responded “I tried that once”.
We know that Catholic organizations such as Christian Healing Ministries (they have a website) exist and teach parishioner-led healing prayer. Are they a hoax? Or is it that the Church promotes suffering as “the thing to do”? Or is it that the “come easy” mentally of the secular world has impregnated the church’s mentally? “One dab will do you” said the old hair cream commercial.
Christian Healing Ministries teaches that most healing takes time. It consists in “soaking” the recipient in healing prayer on multiple occasions. It is usually not a “one dab will do you activity”.
What is the truth? Do we resign ourselves to just suffer? Do we deny that valid healing prayer exists? Do we eliminate the blocks to healing prayer and then proceed to receive soaking healing prayer?
What should we do?