Medicine, Health, and Catholic Themes

Myles N. Sheehan

in Teaching the Tradition

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199795307
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932894 | DOI:
Medicine, Health, and Catholic Themes

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Christians in health care are surrounded by “professional views” that leave no room for spirit, soul, or God. Christ's healing of the sick is a sign of the inbreaking of the Kingdom of God and of Jesus the Messiah. Jesus was willing to make himself ritually impure by touching and healing the sick. Jesus, the Divine Physician, heals and restores to community, and believing physicians and nurses should imitate his love and inclusiveness. Doctors and nurses have great professional gifts, through which Jesus continues to make things new. Health care workers continue the long healing tradition of the Church by responding to patients’ anger, attitude, and selfishness with love and acceptance. By interacting with the sick, practitioners get to know themselves better and understand their calling in Christ. A believing health care practitioner can live the Creed in a Catholic health care institution. Modern medicine teaches physicians and nurses to be technical healers, but the highest calling of Christians is to participate through Christ in the life of God. Doctors and nurses are called to be holy, to pray for their patients, and to give them spiritual encouragement. Theology should be part of the formation of physicians and nurses.

Keywords: medicine; health care; Canaanite; theology; formation; Jesus; reductionism; holiness; Creed; religious sisters

Chapter.  9093 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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