Divine Healing?

In a sermon I gave last Sunday I talked about my visit to the St. Anne de Beaupre Church just outside of Quebec City. One of first things I noticed when I walked into the cathedral were these cases that stretched high up to the ceiling filled with crutches and canes and hearing aids and orthotic shoes.  They were items people had left at the church after experiencing a miraculous healing there.  

St. Anne de Beaupre Church

St. Anne de Beaupre is said to be the site of many divine healings. It began when the church was being constructed in 1658. One of its original builders had severe scoliosis and walked with a crutch.  By the time the church building was complete he was able to walk independently. Countless similar miracles are said to have happened to cathedral visitors.

A statue of the Virgin Mary and her parents Anne and Joachim inside St. Anne de Beaupre Cathedral. The church is named for Mary’s mother Anne.

I do know healing can seem almost miraculous. My father was a physician, and he has told me stories of patients who recovered their health against all odds.  But there can be a danger in the kind of belief in supernatural divine healing like people think has happened to them at Saint Anne’s.

Trusting in divine healing can prevent people from seeking the professional medical help they need. It can also have them put off taking the steps they should to be healthy, like quitting smoking, getting a vaccine, or exercising. It can also leave people disillusioned and bitter when God doesn’t provide the hoped for outcome.

This is not to say however that believing God is walking with you through a health crisis isn’t important. Research has shown that health outcomes can be impacted by a belief in the divine. Apparently people of faith are less stressed and anxious about their illnesses and are generally more hopeful about a positive outcome.

It seems that things work out best when medical science and religious faith walk hand in hand.

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4 responses to “Divine Healing?

  1. Robert Way

    Thank you for taking us back to that beautiful location. We spent a few hours there on our vacation trip to Gaspé a few years ago. Your point about “blind faith” is well taken. Believing God can move mountains is no excuse for leaving our own shovels at home. By now you have probably heard the story of the pastor who refused all efforts to take him to safety during the worsening flood because he had such faith God would save him. After he drowned and got his audience in Heaven he complained, disappointed about how he had been allowed to perish. The Almighty replied that after sending a jeep, a rowboat and finally a helicopter to extricate him from the rising flood waters, He had realized you were not paying attention!

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  2. Helen Goerzen

    Loved your last comment “when medical science and religous faith walk hand in hand.”
    I for one have certainly experienced it!

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