Wellness: Blessing and Responsibility
by: Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio
Can God use sickness in a person's life to lead to spiritual blessings? Of course! Ro 8:28 teaches us that God can make all things work for the good.
From my reading of the Bible and the Catholic Tradition, it appears to me that normally God wants to heal and prevent illness and disease. Fully one third of the Gospel narratives show us Jesus healing people physically. In fact, I can't remember him turning down anyone who came to Him seeking relief from a physical ailment. Sickness leads to suffering, and when love encounters suffering, it seeks to relieve it. That, in fact, is the definition of mercy, love's response to suffering. Note that healing the sick has always been deemed one of the corporal works of mercy. And it was the Catholic Church that opened and staffed the first hospitals in Europe and the Americas.
The concept of "Wellness" is not so much about healing disease, but preventing it. It is about not just baseline physical survival, but optimal well-being, physical, mental, spiritual, and financial.
Jesus says in John 10:10 that he came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Although we won't fully experience this till heaven, I believe that God has more for us in this life than we can imagine in all departments, including physical health and wellness.
Should we pray for this? Absolutely. God is a loving Father who is determined to give good things to his children more than earthly parents. And we should ask for his supernatural help.
But we also need to do what we can naturally to optimize our health. In other words, we have a responsibility.
Stewardship means that what we possess has been entrusted to us by God, and we need to manage it wisely and profitably for Him. Time, treasure, talent, yet. But how about our bodies? Should we not take care of them at least as diligently as we take care of our cars or homes?
Many have tried to do something about their weight, their low energy, mental confusion, joint pain, sleep and have been frustrated and disappointed. I was one of them.
About seven years ago, someone cared enough about me to give me some natural products that led to two extra productive hours in my day, a loss of about 17lbs, and a recovery from 23 years of chronic neck and back pain. As for my family, we've been able to reduce antibiotic use by about 95% and visits to the doctor by about 75% over the past 5 years. I had no idea that nutrition could do such a thing.
Ever since, I've been expressing my gratitude to God by telling others about this product line from Wellness International Network. This has been both part of our ministry and a means of funding the work of our ministry. We've been privileged to help numerous people increase their quality of life and ability to serve the Lord. And I've been able to retire from full-time academic teaching to pro-bono work on Catholic Television and Radio.
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