A prayer for the sick

Psalm 41 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores … Continue reading A prayer for the sick

Prayer against the darkness

My inner demons have been getting the better of me lately, so I am trying to fight back. This prayer comes from Saint Ignatius of Loyola: O Christ Jesus when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us to … Continue reading Prayer against the darkness

The Healing at the Pool

The story of the healing at the pool is told in the Gospel of John: Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled … Continue reading The Healing at the Pool

Ritual is not always meant to make us feel comfortable

"For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by all her children." (Luke 7:33-34) Consider … Continue reading Ritual is not always meant to make us feel comfortable

Jesus healing, Ethiopian style

I sourced this from Sacred Pilgrim where you will find more Ethiopian Christian Art. It's a real treasure trove. Unfortunately I couldn't find who the artist was. I find Ethiopian Christianity intriguing as it's an example of Christianity that survived for millenia beyond the Christendom known to Europeans. You may recall from the book of … Continue reading Jesus healing, Ethiopian style

Energy Healing: A Christian Theological Appraisal

ENERGY HEALING: A CHRISTIAN THEOLOGICAL APPRAISAL Philip Johnson, Copyright 1999 One feature of our postmodern world is the attention given to health and lifestyle issues, such as diet, fitness, mental health, stress reduction, and the treatment of illnesses. Across the twentieth century many major breakthroughs have occurred in medical diagnosis, surgical procedures, and the treatment … Continue reading Energy Healing: A Christian Theological Appraisal

Japanese interpretation of Christ healing the blind

Is it obvious I am into Asian Christian art? This painting, "Christ Healing the Blind", is from contemporary Japanese artist Sadao Watanabe. It is explained as follows: "Christ gently places two fingers on the Blind Man's eye in blessing, their faces closely aligned. White cloud-like forms emanate like thoughts to guide the healing, the large 'cloud' echoing Christ's floating … Continue reading Japanese interpretation of Christ healing the blind

Magic and the Messiah – Part II

Getting down to brass tacks, I believe the issue that Christians need to focus on here is how do we understand faith in relation to healing and other phenomena? What differentiates between the miraculous and the magical? How is exercising the will different from exercising faith? As we’ve seen it is not necessarily the use … Continue reading Magic and the Messiah – Part II