Healing prayer: an effective response to swine flu

Colleen Douglass, C.S.B.

One of Colleen’s favorite definitions of God is, “God is harmony’s selfhood” (Unity of Good, p. 13). Colleen commented: “If God is the very source of harmony, then God is going to create a harmonious universe, and that would lead us to recognize that God could not be the author of sickness, that all good is possible to God and no evil at all. So our best immunity comes from seeing ourselves in the image and likeness of God, as one with good, aligning ourselves with ‘harmony’s selfhood.’ ”

In this chat, Colleen explains how to apply this insight to gain protection and healing from swine flu and other forms of sickness. She addresses questions about the cause of disease, how to be supportive to friends and family who are worried about flu, and about the role of fear in disease. She responds to questions about the belief that there are certain seasons for disease, whether God created bacteria and germs, how to pray about press reports which can stir up fear, and how to pray promptly and effectively when one feels disease coming on.

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