spiritual healing

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Though occasionally used as a synonym for psychotherapy, the phrase is properly confined to attempts to heal the whole personality by prayer and sacramental means. Among the methods in general use are Unction and the laying on of hands. The patient is generally encouraged also to make use of medical skill, though some hold that spiritual means alone should suffice. Spiritual healing (often called ‘faith healing’ or ‘divine healing’) plays a prominent part in modern Pentecostalism and in the Charismatic Renewal Movement.

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