Healing – Supernatural

by Doug Lawrence

The “Big Picture”

For thousands of years, it was widely accepted and understood that only the inimitable, unknowable, immutable God could forgive sins. Likewise, in spite of man’s knowledge of certain beneficial and even therapeutic natural compounds, the authentic healing arts also remained essentially in the hands of God, alone.

Yet today, thanks to Jesus Christ, the sacraments of his Catholic Church, and the Catholic ministerial priesthood, it is indeed possible to obtain total absolution from sin, and thanks to modern advances in medical care and the sciences (which were also fostered by the Church’s many contributions to Western civilization) it is also possible (in many cases) to obtain genuine physical healing, as well.

And while physical healing has never been the primary role of the church, the link between healing and the forgiveness of sins is one of the oldest and most essential of all, since that link was forged by none other than Jesus Christ, in one of the first public miracles of his earthly ministry.

Luke 5:17-26 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he sat teaching, that there were also Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, that were come out of every town of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was to heal them.

And behold, men brought in a bed a man who had the palsy: and they sought means to bring him in and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went up upon the roof and let him down through the tiles with his bed into the midst before Jesus. Whose faith when he saw, he said: Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

And the scribes and Pharisees began to think, saying: Who is this who speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? And when Jesus knew their thoughts, answering he said to them: What is it you think in your hearts?

Which is easier to say: Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say: Arise and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man hath the power on earth to forgive sins (he saith to the sick of the palsy), I say to thee to: Arise, take up thy bed and go into thy house.

And immediately rising up before them, he took up the bed on which he lay: and he went away to his own house, glorifying God. And all were astonished: and they glorified God. And they were filled with fear, saying: We have seen wonderful things today.

For those suffering from chronic or incurable illnesses, who are looking to God for supernatural healing, there is much to be learned from the above passages. Let’s take it “by the numbers”:

“And it came to pass on a certain day, as he sat teaching, that there were also Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, that were come out of every town of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was to heal them. “

The Book of Genesis makes it clear that death, along with all human infirmities, are the collective result of Adam’s sin. The prophetic OT books inform us that the promised Messiah would have power over death, hell, and all human infirmities, while none of those things would have even the slightest power over him.

In that same vein, there was absolutely nothing in the Law of Moses, or in the Ten Commandments, which had the power to obtain forgiveness of sins, or to redeem mankind from eternal slavery to Satan, sin, and death. That type of relief is a function of grace … grace could only be obtained by and through Jesus Christ.

The assembled Pharisees and the Doctors of the Law, who were in the habit of “lording” the requirements of the law over the people, primarily for their own aggrandizement, were quite probably loathed to admit this.

“And behold, men brought in a bed a man who had the palsy: and they sought means to bring him in and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went up upon the roof and let him down through the tiles with his bed into the midst before Jesus. Whose faith when he saw, he said: Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.”

Sometimes, it will be necessary to rely on the kindness of friends, family, and even strangers, in order to obtain what we need from God. God most certainly provides, but we must be open to that divine provision, whatever it’s form, and cooperate with it, in every way possible.

Since faith remains absolutely essential in these matters, our most reliable helpers and intercessors will typically be faithful Catholics, who know and love God, and who understand how he customarily operates. Foremost in this regard are the saints in Heaven, followed by the saints on earth … fellow members of the Body of Christ … good people who we personally know, or to whom we are related … by blood, by baptism/grace and by nature. (Not necessarily in that order.)

The men who brought the paralytic to Jesus literally stopped at nothing in order to accomplish their mission. While we know little about their personal traits or proclivities, the fact that they acted definitively and with extreme perseverance in order to bring their friend/relative/loved one to Christ, says it all.

In that regard, it is also quite possible that the afflicted one was unconscious, or that he had little or no real faith of his own, and that the entire episode was the result of one or more unknown, faithful person’s free response to the grace of God, which promptly acted upon, resulted in a genuine (and very famous) miracle.

How many of us would resort to carrying someone up to the roof, chopping a hole, and then lowering a friend down through that hole, in order to bring him to God? It sounds crazy! Do such things even happen any more? No wonder miraculous healings seem to be so rare, in today’s world! Yet under the circumstances, these men did nothing more than what was required. And it certainly appears to “put the lie” to the heretical concept of “faith alone”.

Then, there’s the matter of Jesus choosing to first, forgive the man’s sins, rather than simply heal his physical infirmities … and the fact that Jesus chose to refer to the paralytic as “man” … rather than by his given name.

The name “Adam” literally means “The Man”.

Jesus, the Messiah, came to make “The Man” whole again, by making the forgiveness of sins possible. Only then could the corruption and death that sin inevitably brings, be rightly remedied.

The forgiveness of sins
must logically precede everything else.
(And in God’s system of things, it always does.)

Jesus Christ, faith, church, and grace, as well as personal initiative, would henceforth, always remain as integral parts of our continuing process of reconciliation with God, and our daily struggle against the corrupting forces of evil.

A Plan for Supernatural Healing



1) Go to Confession. Go to Mass.
Receive Holy Communion. Get Anointed.

The Mass and the Sacraments are the most powerful, abundant
and effective channels of God’s grace,
and grace is the means by which ALL supernatural healing occurs.

If you’re too sick to go to church,
ask a priest to come to your hospital or home.


2) Pray.

Go to daily and Sunday Mass.
Make your case with God, in prayer.
Pray the Rosary. “Mom” will take care of you.
Pray for Saintly intercession.
Then … do it all some more … as best you can.


2) Ask friends, relatives and church members
to pray for you.

Ask them to go to Mass, to Confession,
and to receive Holy Communion too,
since the efficacy of their prayers on your behalf is (typically)
dependent on the amount of “respect” God has for them,
and that too, is essentially, a function of grace.

Click here to learn more about “Merit”


3) Cultivate the Cardinal Virtues
of FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY, in your own soul.

Cling to Jesus Christ …
for without him, there can be no real hope.
At the same time, do everything possible to fully cooperate
with your priest, your doctors and your other care-givers.
That way … you’re “good to go” … no matter what!

Believe that God heals and that the Mass,
the sacraments, and the prayers of the faithful
are truly effective indeed,
according to the order of God’s abundant grace.

Believe that God will answer your prayers
in the best possible way, at the best possible time.

Never fear!
Romans 8:31  What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us, who is against us?

The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins,
my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me. – Amen.


Look for the love …

Matthew 25:36  Naked, and you covered me:
sick, and you visited me:
I was in prison, and you came to me.

Matthew 25:40  And the king answering shall say to them:
Amen I say to you,
as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren,
you did it to me.

At the very least,
the illness or infirmity of a friend or relative
provides ordinary people
with an opportunity to actually live the Gospel.

At the very least,
illness or infirmity
provides the afflicted with the time and opportunity
to turn to God for supernatural solace and support …
and that is often a very precious commodity
in today’s fast-paced world.


Try to make sense of the suffering.

Suffering remains a great mystery,
yet we know that suffering was an integral part
of Christ’s earthly life,
and particularly of his atoning sacrifice
for the sins of the world,
on the cross at Calvary.

In his letter to the Colossians,
St. Paul explains that our own sufferings might,
when offered up and combined with those of Jesus Christ,
somehow help to save souls,
or serve to alleviate the suffering of others.

Offering up our sufferings to God, to be applied as he sees fit,
is in itself a beautiful act of faith, hope and charity.
On a more practical note,
such devotions help make our sufferings
more endurable …
or might even alleviate them, entirely.

Many believe that earthly suffering
may actually serve to reduce or eliminate
the need for a “stay” in Purgatory, when we die.

Some Catholics who have endured and overcome
extreme suffering have described their ordeal
as “a true gift from God”.

In the order of God’s supernatural grace,
as the Blessed Virgin Mary has already
personally demonstrated,

Nothing is Broken.
Nothing is Missing.

God’s grace is truly sufficient.

Get some right away!

(And remember … God heals all types of afflictions …
not just medical issues.)

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