A chat this past fall featured Michelle Boccanfuso Nanouche, a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science from the United States who is now based in Paris, France. She was responding to questions from site visitors on the subject "Prayer about cancer." Prior to entering the full-time practice of Christian Science healing, Michelle was a Christian Science nurse for nine years. This excerpt has been edited for readability. To read and/or listen to the whole chat, go to

Is there any difference between the answers you give for healing cancer, and the answers I need for healing another disease? These two diseases, when in advanced stages, seem incurable. What can I do to be healed?

You'll find that behind most conditions there's an underlying similarity, in that we're dealing with the idea that either we have a built-in flaw or vulnerability, by nature of believing that we are material instead of spiritual—or that we're some kind of Spirit-matter mix as God's creation. So I would have to say, no. When we're talking about healing in Christian Science, what we're really talking about are the laws of God that are in operation, keeping us safe. It's not about figuring out how to unwind the particular snarls or beliefs or fears of particular aspect of mortality, naming itself one disease or another.

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January 18, 2010

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