Always and in all circumstances yield, yield the first place to others; especially during recreation listen quietly, without interrupting, even if someone tells me the same thing ten times. I will never ask questions about something that interests me very much.
#789 of Saint Faustina Kowalska’s Divine Mercy Diary
Sirach 38: 1-15
God has also established him in his profession.
From God the doctor has wisdom,
and from the king he receives sustenance.
Knowledge makes the doctor distinguished,
and gives access to those in authority.
God makes the earth yield healing herbs
which the prudent should not neglect;
Was not the water sweetened by a twig,
He endows people with knowledge,
to glory in his mighty works,
Through which the doctor eases pain,
and the druggist prepares his medicines.
Thus God’s work continues without cease
in its efficacy on the surface of the earth.
My son, when you are ill, do not delay,
Flee wickedness and purify your hands;
cleanse your heart of every sin.
Offer your sweet-smelling oblation and memorial,
Then give the doctor his place
lest he leave; you need him too,
For there are times when recovery is in his hands.
He too prays to God
That his diagnosis may be correct
and his treatment bring about a cure.
Whoever is a sinner before his Maker
will be defiant toward the doctor.
My Thoughts: Taking the time to listen to others is very important. Getting out of ourselves and focusing on others needs, helping them, and simply being there for people is one thing we are called to do as people of God. We need to listen to God’s call for us to assist people in their needs. As fallen beings at times we become complacent and self-centered. I know since I’ve been sick I have focused on myself quite a bit. Sometimes it was needed and other times I failed to put myself and my feelings aside to help others. I think this can happen easily with people who are suffering from illness, depression, or a disease. God is our Healer and we are called to trust in His wisdom even though with the pain that may be extremely hard at times. I have leaned on Him in these turbulent times. The more I have had to endure pain and struggles the more I have leaned on God and tried to trust in His will for me. God gave us wonderful, caring doctors to treat our ailments. My doctors are the greatest. Listen to the physicians suggestions for treatment because who knows it may help and open up a whole new world, a renewed life for you. One of my physicians is so sweet to pray for me. He is a man of faith which is one thing I totally love about him. Prayer is the answer to healing. Ask God for healing. Ask Him for understanding. Through my experiencing unexpected circumstances and since the methods of healing which I tried didn’t turn out close to what I had wished and prayed for, I’ve learned that I need to persevere, accept my situation for what it is, and make lemonade out of lemons. As I go through the process of accepting my circumstance this has brought a bit of peace to my life. May the peace of our Lord be with you all.