A Balm for Gilead: Meditations on Spirituality and the by Daniel P. Sulmasy

By Daniel P. Sulmasy

Once hardly mentioned in scientific circles, the connection among spirituality and healthiness has develop into a massive subject in overall healthiness care. this transformation is evidenced in classes on faith and medication taught in such a lot clinical colleges, articles in journals akin to the New England magazine of Medicine, and meetings being held everywhere in the kingdom. but, a lot of the dialogue of the function of faith and spirituality in wellbeing and fitness care retains the serious distance of merely being about spirituality. A Balm for Gilead is going extra, providing a piece of spirituality.

Sulmasy strikes among the poetic and the speculative, addressing his topic within the culture of serious non secular writers like Augustine and Bonaventure. He attracts from philosophical and theological sources—specifically, Hebrew and Christian scripture—to remove darkness from how the paintings of therapeutic is integrally tied to a feeling of the divine and our final interconnectedness. overall healthiness care professionals—and a person else concerned with the care of the unwell and dying—will locate this sequence of meditations either inspiring and instructive.

Sulmasy addresses the religious malaise that physicians, nurses, and different well-being care employees event of their expert lives, and explores how those Christian healers could be encouraged to persevere within the care of the ill. Drawing at the parable of the prodigal son, for example, Sulmasy illustrates how a few physicians have positioned monetary achieve prior to their sufferers, and the way real spirituality could switch their hearts. He examines either enigmatic subject matters akin to the connection among sinfulness, affliction, and pain and the spirituality of extra regimen themes comparable to preventive drugs. in a single particularly stirring and poignant meditation, he displays at the spirituality of loss of life within the mild of Christian hope.

A Balm for Gilead interweaves prayer and mirrored image, pointing how one can a twenty-first-century spirituality for healthiness care pros and their patients.

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