I don’t speak for the Catholic Church but the Catechism of the
Catholic Church (CCC) does. I quote the CCC and follow the
footnotes which are often linked to Scripture. I suggest the
reader have available both the CCC and his/her Bible and see
whether my representations are correct.
One of the big problems associated with “Health and Wealth”
and or “Name it and Claim it” is the concept that “everyone
does not get healed”. The CCC deals with this up front with:
“1508 The Holy Spirit gives to some a special
charism of healing so as to make manifest the power of
the grace of the risen Lord. But even the most intense prayers
do not always obtain the healing of all illnesses. Thus St.
Paul must learn from the Lord that ‘my grace is sufficient for
you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,’ and that the
sufferings to be endured can mean that ‘in my flesh I complete
what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his
Body, that is, the Church.'” [CCC; notes: 118 Cf. 1 Cor
12:9, 28, 30. 119 2 Cor 12:9; Col 1:24.]
“1505 Moved by so much suffering Christ not only
allows himself to be touched by the sick, but he makes their
miseries his own: ‘He took our infirmities and bore our
diseases.' But he did not heal all the sick. His healings
were signs of the coming of the Kingdom of God. They announced
a more radical healing: the victory over sin and death through
his Passover. On the cross Christ took upon himself the whole
weight of evil and took away the ‘sin of the world,' of
which illness is only a consequence. By his passion and death
on the cross Christ has given a new meaning to suffering: it
can henceforth configure us to him and unite us with his
redemptive Passion.” [CCC; Notes: 111 Mt 8:17; cf. Isa 53:4.
112 Jn 1:29; cf. Isa 53:4-6.]
Before we make any analysis of why some do not get healed, we
need to understand that even Jesus “did not heal all the sick”
[CCC 1505] and thus “even the most intense prayers do not
always obtain the healing of all illnesses”. [CCC 1508]
How do you think this comes about that some are not healed?
Do you think there is some sort of lottery where pure chance
is the guiding hand? Or do you think it has to do with the
love of God? Do you think healing shows God’s love? Do you
think continued suffering and sickness shows God’s love?
Some of the Saints of the Church ran their bodies down in
their service to God and for their fellow man. Some then
became sick and some died. These were obviously suffering for
the cause of Christ. While these examples are many and very
profound, we will not be discussing them any further here.
Enough to say that these examples are “special cases” but are
included in those who do not receive healing.
There are other reasons for some not receiving healing but
looking at all possible reasons may be counter productive in
the sense that if you are sick, dwelling on why healing may
not happen may develop a negative belief for yourself. It is
more productive for you if we concentrate on how you can be
I have yet to see a medical doctor to offer a money back
guaranty on his or her effectiveness. They charge for their
“professional service” and not for their results.
Our suggestion is that you look to God for your healing
whether you seek medical assistance or not. There will not be
put on you any “blame” should healing not come. God wants you
well. The medical doctors want you well. The Church wants
you well. I want you well. Sickness and disease is the enemy
of us all.
This is part of a FREE 23 page document, Faith Healing Consistent with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which can be found in the Cooperation Among Christian Denominations section of the Independent Christian website.
Doug Johnson has been writing and online publishing Christian and Social Conservative articles since the 1990’s on [http://www.IndependentChristian.org/]
Doug has been a Bible believing Evangelical Christian since childhood. He has been received into fellowship with the Evangelical Free Church, the Plymouth Brethern, the Assembly of God, the American Baptist, and the Southern Baptist.
In the early 2000’s, he was received into full communion with the Catholic Church after careful study of the Catholic Catechism and the Bible. He believes Catholics and Bible believing Protestants should build on what they have in common rather than loo