Outlook 16
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Spiritual Life
Spiritual Life A Time to Heal About every couple of months there is a simple Eucharist held in St Mary’s Church Centre, including, for those who want it, the giving and receiving of healing by the Laying on of Hands and anointing with holy oil, described as ‘Sacramental Healing’. Many believe that the point of Sacramental Healing is to bring us to a state of ‘wellbeing’, peace and wholeness in Christ – and that this state can co-exist with being actually physically sick! A dying person can be in a state of healing and wholeness. Equally, a perfectly fit person can be broken and sick of heart and spirit. Healing is not about curing us from illness, but about moving more deeply into our understanding of God – so that we experience God’s love and grace, and our unity with each other. A Time to Heal will next be held on Friday 22 November at 7.00 for 7.30 pm in St Mary’s Church Centre. We will also share a simple supper together, and time for reflection and fellowship. You are most welcome. Margie Stagg Caring, love and understanding ‘Caring’ can be a need of anyone with health problems – mental or physical – as a result of old age. The caring needed may be anything from the odd shopping for a friend to the 24-hour care of a loved one, a parent or even a child. Whatever the situation, care, love and understanding are needed from both parties – respect for the carer who tries to ease the patient’s life and understanding on the part of the carer for the life the person once had. After a very active life, my own mother went from being a ‘6am-11pm’ woman to a housebound hermit, her whole active life lost, just like that. From the day of her heart attack she became a prisoner in her own home. Because she was my mother I loved her dearly and looked after her every day. But as far as she could see her life had ended, because she could not do any of the things she had done all her life. When someone is totally reliant on a carer their independence is gone – no gardening, no chatting, no hobbies and no friends. Suddenly all the things they have spent a lifetime doing have vanished. I have found this for myself, not being able to do or understand what I could in the past. Doctors use the catch-all phrase, ‘it’s old age’, but that doesn’t help us. So spare a thought for the person suffering and the carers who try so hard to make our lives easier. A daily prayer for both carers and patients may help. God bless you, Peggy