Christ the Physician

Christ, Who dwelt among men to heal them of their spiritual ills, never hesitated to ease from their bodily illness and infirmities those who requested healing from Him. He did not see in such sufferings any necessary affliction. Far from being resigned or indifferent in the face of illness, Christ revealed clearly, by healing those who came to Him, that illness is undesirable. And He gave an example of the attitude to be adopted when it occurs.

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Christian Paths Towards Healing

If sickness and suffering can and should be spiritually transcended and transfigured in Christ, and if they can constitute an ascetic pathway capable of leading the ill person to spiritual heights, nevertheless they should never be either desired or sought after. This is because they require of us a great deal of strength that is lost in vain through the struggle of the body. It would be far more preferable that the energy which is spent in this fashion be used in the exercise of the commandments and in praise of God. For such holy works demand strength beyond measure, and the strength we have when we are in good health is minimal by comparison with what is really needed for us to celebrate the infinite glory of the Thrice-Holy God.

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Delight in the Law of God: Sermons on the Beatitudes and Commandments of God (Part IX)

"Blessed Are Ye, When Men Shall Revile You, and Persecute You, and Shall Say All Manner of Evil Against You Falsely, for My Sake".

"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven" (Saint Matthew 5:11-12). This is the Ninth Beatitude, the ninth category of men and women whom Christ calls blessed and to whom He promises wondrous rewards in the life to come.

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