See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Monday, May 21, 2012

Does God ignore some prayers for healing?



Never.  Instead, I have come to believe He may not answer our prayers in the time frame, nor the manner we expect however.  I think sometimes He leaves us 'unhealed' as it were, though able to cope, lest after being healed, we fall into a greater sin.  Moreover, I think He may grant us a great freedom of spirit, though we retain that thorn in our flesh, which helps us to remain humble and dependent upon His mercy.  In the Gospel, Christ healed persons who had been afflicted with ailments they suffered from for many years, which says to me we must never lose hope.  I was encouraged after reading the following from the gentle Pope Benedict XVI:
THERE IS NO HUMAN CRY THAT GOD DOES NOT HEAR

"Many times", the Pope said, "we ask God to deliver us from physical and spiritual evil ... however, we often have the impression that He doesn't hear us and we run the risk of becoming discouraged and of not persevering. In reality, there is no human cry that God does not hear. ... God the Father's answer to His son was not the immediate freedom from suffering, from the cross, or from death: through the cross and His death, God answered with the Resurrection".

Finally, "a believer's prayer, if open to the human dimension and to creation as a whole ...does not remain locked in on itself. It opens itself to share in the suffering of our time. It is thus converted into ... the channel of hope for all of creation and an expression of God's love that is poured into our hearts by means of the Spirit". - Vatican Information Service
  Art:  Madonna di S. Luca, Bologna, Italy.  Prayers for the victims of the earthquake.

3 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:16 PM

    Terry,

    I really needed this post. My sister was recently diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer, which has metastacized to her spine and puts her at great risk of paralysis (and early death, of course). Doesn't look good. Lots of nuns, priests, and lay people have been praying for her since her diagnosis in February, but it doesn't seem to be helping; the cancer is still advancing in spite of the prayers and in spite of the medical treatment. She is only 46-years-old. I feel entirely helpless. It is hard not to despair and to think that the prayer is doing no good. So, again, thanks for this very helpful post. I think I will be referring to it frequently in the coming weeks and months. I try to check your blog most days, and it is rare that I don't find something that is very helpful to me as I fumble through this life. Thanks so much.

    - C

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  2. C-my prayers for your sister.

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