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St. Raphael – Healing words that will transform your life

In the modern contemporary world, the term “healing” often conjures images of white-coated professionals, sterile environments, and a pantheon of pills and potions. Society is becoming conditioned to view ailments predominantly through the lens of the physical, seeking solace in the promise of drugs, painkillers, and modern medicine. While these advancements in medical science undeniably offer life-changing benefits and have revolutionized healthcare, it’s essential to ponder on a deeper, often overlooked dimension of healing — our spiritual alignment alignment with God.

Every day, millions turn to medicine to address their maladies. A headache? There’s a pill for that. A chronic condition? Perhaps a regimen of drugs will help. And for many, these solutions work. The pain dissipates, the symptoms fade, and a semblance of normalcy is restored. But beneath this veil of physical wellness, does true inner healing always occur?

The Power of Healing Words

“For the word of God is alive and active.” // Hebrews 4:12

The Creator’s words are not mere sounds but life-breeding symphonies that imbue our souls with purpose. Every syllable, every promise, carries an energy that permeates through the walls of doubt and despair. To comprehend their depth is to embark on a journey to inner peace.

The miracles that we learned about in the Bible are not just faded legends lost to the sands of time, tales of old that we simply look upon fondly. But the very engine which drove those miracles are still very well alive this day! They are the outcome of faith’s unwavering stance and the acceptance of God’s unfailing promise to those who believe.

In the olden days where God needed to make His presence known to men who grown wayward and sinful, the Bible tells of amazing feats and miracles performed by Jesus and His disciples. But with the sacrifice of Christ who forged a renewed covenant with mankind, these great spectacles of strength and power are no longer needed. Instead, the miracles that we seek are brought about through silent strength and fortitude that may sometimes go quietly unseen.

Great power resides in the subtle words and intentions that you bring into your life daily.

The Healing Words That Reinforce God’s Promise

Before we continue, repeat the following verse 7 times either out loud or in your head. As you recite the phrase, dwell upon the meaning and implication of placing your absolute trust in the Lord.

“Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, buy only say the word and my soul shall be healed”.

This phrase that we recite before the Eucharistic celebration has become so “routine” that many overlooked the important significance.

These words, echoing the humble plea of the Roman centurion in the Gospel (Matthew 8:8), carry a depth and power that can profoundly influence our daily lives. By delving into this phrase, we can uncover layers of transformative strength that open our hearts to God’s healing grace.

In stating, “Lord, I am not worthy,” we acknowledge our human frailties and imperfections. This is not a declaration of self-deprecation, but a profound understanding of our limitations as mortal beings and our utter reliance on God’s grace.

The latter part of the phrase, “…but only say the word and my soul shall be healed,” captures a deep and unwavering faith in Christ’s ability to heal. It is a declaration that God’s word alone holds the power to cleanse, renew, and restore. By embedding this conviction into our daily lives, we develop unflinching faith in the Lord’s promise to heal, restore and deliver us from all the suffering of this world.

True Healing Comes From The Lord

For countless believers throughout the ages, true healing has been perceived not just as the cessation of physical symptoms, but as a profound alignment with a higher purposeGod’s will. When we speak of God’s will, we refer to the divine plan and purpose He has for every individual. This plan transcends our earthly understanding and often our immediate comfort.

For many, this spiritual alignment has led to miraculous recoveries, defying medical explanations. For others it has provided the strength to endure, to find purpose in pain, and to witness God’s grace in the most challenging circumstances.

Let us always remember to consciously invite the Lord into our lives each day as we acknowledge our need for Him whilst continuously relying on the depth of His grace for our complete restoration and healing.

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