Wednesday, July 16, 2014

St. Porphyrios' Advice to a Pediatrician

St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia (source)
St. Porphyrios once told a Pediatrician: "Listen to what I have to say to you. Every time you examine a child*** you should offer a fervent prayer with love: Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on your servant."

As he said this he took a deep breath while he opened his hands. "It is in this way that you should pray for every child. God has sent a precious soul into your hands. As you place your hands on them pray fervently within yourself that the grace of God will be transfused into the soul of the child.

"Do all this things spiritually and in secret. The others who are present won't understand anything. You will prescribe to them medicines which science dictates but in the final analysis Christ will heal the child."
***Of course this beautiful advice can apply to anyone in healthcare, for any age.
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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