For years, one of our Holy Cross brothers was confined to a wheelchair, the victim of a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. He never walked again, but every time I visited him, I was greeted with a welcoming smile. He would listen attentively when I read to him and then struggle to respond when something impressed him. He always seemed joyful, something that amazed me so much that, years after his death, I still remember him.
There was never a physical healing, and yet, his peaceful acceptance of his infirmities freed him from much physical and mental pain that he might have otherwise suffered. Perhaps this, too, could be seen as a type of healing that can come through prayer. God’s healing love touches us in different ways. All healing is a sign of God’s compassionate love, but from several points of view, it remains a mystery we can never fully understand.
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