This is from the book Song of the Sparrow by Fr. Murray Bodo O.F.M.
To slow down and let the healing happen. How hard that is when the very sickness is a fear of slowing down, of not being able to function as well as we could, of paralysis of will. Healing is most impossible when we cannot forget the sickness long enough for healing to start.
How does one forget their sickness when they are enduring extreme pain? How does one forget their illness when the shaking in their hands and arms has gotten worse? I certainly am unable to forget this but I am able to cope the best I can by knowing that God is with me, and by uniting my pain with Jesus on the Cross. I can give my pain over to God and ask for His help as I go through all the various symptoms while doctors figure out what’s causing them. I could be frustrated or angry since my health has taken a turn for the worse since my hysterectomy but I’m not. I trust in God. I trust that Christ has a plan for me. I am going through these health issues for a reason but am waiting to find out for what purpose and where God is leading me.
I’m sure it is hard for people who have been active most of their lives to slow down as they get older. How hard it must be to accept the symptoms associated with the developmental process of aging. May God comfort those persons who are dealing with illness and symptoms due to aging.
Is it possible to forget your illness? Maybe during certain moments I can but after that I feel the symptoms related to my illness. Do you really have to be able to forget your illness to be able to heal? Or is it impossible to heal when you remember your illness and feel symptoms caused by the sickness? I believe that persons can pray to God for healing and try to forget their illness as much as possible, go about living life the best they can but I doubt that persons can completely forget the symptoms they are going through which are caused by their illness. I believe that God is the Ultimate Healer and with Him all things are possible. God is able to heal us even of we do remember our sickness.