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[The Church Times, London, England.]

The office of the Church is to continue Christ's work in the world, promulgating his teaching, administering his grace, manifesting his charity. And it is clear that if the Church is to fulfil her mission adequately, her work must fully correspond with his. The work of Christ was twofold. Part of it concerned men's souls, part their bodies. Not that it is possible to draw a sharp line of distinction, since body and soul are so intimately connected that anything which concerns the one will also have its effect upon the other. A great part of Christ's work was work of healing. The miracles of healing had their important spiritual lesson: they were intended to teach that he who could heal men's bodies was also the physician of the soul. But they taught also that he who made man's body cares for that body, and desires its wholeness. The work of the Church, therefore, includes the continuance of the divine charity which was exhibited in works of healing.

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