‘Your Sins are Forgiven’

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The following post originally appeared as the Friday, January 12, 2018 Magnificat mediatation. You can learn more about the Magnificat here.

If you are praying for someone and sense that guilt or sin is an obstacle, a good approach is to ask very discreetly and gently, “I sense that there may be something weighing on your conscience that is an obstacle to healing. Do you think that might be the case?” Allow the person complete freedom to decide whether and how much he wants to disclose. Never coerce or pry for information. If the person says no, then simply continue to pray for healing, and trust the Lord to do whatever interior work he needs to do in his timing. If the person says yes, then invite him to say a simple prayer of repentance (either out loud or silently, as appropriate) and to leave that sin at the foot of the cross. Encourage him to avail himself of the grace and power of the Sacrament of Reconcilation as soon as possible. Then pray for the physical healing. . . .

The bottom line is that we are not the ones to judge whether a physical ailment is related to personal sin. God alone is the judge. Even the afflicted person should not assune to judge himself (cf. 1 Cor 4:4). And whether the ailment is related to sin or not, God’s mercy abounds for both forgiveness and healing. God does not heal because we deserve it but simply because he loves us.

Dr. Mary Healy

Dr. Mary Healy is professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and serves as chair of the Doctrinal Commission of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS). Her doctorate is in Biblical theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. She is a member of the Pentecostal-Catholic International Dialogue, and she speaks nationally and internationally. She was appointed by Pope Francis as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Dr. Healy has published numerous books, including Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World. Renewal Ministries has produced two CDs of Peter Herbeck's interviews with Dr. Healy, Does Jesus Still Heal? and Made for Relationship: A Biblical Understanding of Homosexual Behavior.

2 thoughts on “‘Your Sins are Forgiven’

  1. Our God is great and merciful, his mercy endures forever
    I am so thankful to be Catholic, my parents gave me and my brothers a great gift by raising us in the Catholic Church! I strayed for many years but came back to my roots through Mary by remembering the Holy Rosary!
    I thank God everyday for the Sacraments and his Priests
    And especially for his unlimited Mercy!
    Jesus, Son of the Living God have mercy on me a sinner!
    Jesus I Trust in You!

  2. Jesus will forgive us our sins if only we turn away from our sins and repent and His precious blood will cleanse our sins away. 1john 1:7

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