Hospital Employees in Pasco Bring Spirituality and Science Together
Tuesday, 10-22-07, 1:49 pm
Pasco -- Research done by 'Time Magazine' indicates 82- percent of those studied believe that prayer can heal.
At Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Pasco, there are many people who believe that science and the spiritual go hand in hand in healing. This is Pastoral Care Week at the hospital. It's an annual time when those who serve pause to remember the deeper, underlying reasons why they do what they do.
Today, pastors and others moved through the hospital wards praying with workers as a reminder that they are all part of the healing process, and part of the larger miracle of healing, which they believe comes from God.
Onie Mision-Reed is the Director of Pastoral Care at Our Lady of Lourdes. She is also the recipient of a miracle. Her story of healing began 27 years ago. She was serving the poor, eating their food, and drinking their water.
As she laughingly puts it: "I thought I was invincible."
Instead she contracted tuberculosis.
"I was supposed to die when I was 25 years old. Two doctors declared me, you know, 'you're dying.' But through prayer, miracles do happen."
Mision-Reed had been ill for nearly a year. Then her health took a sudden downturn. It was then that the physicians told her she was not going to live. Onie says she turned to God.
Now, nearly three decades later, Mision-Reed continues to serve; and she brings the bigger picture of healing into hospital rooms, the offices, and the chapel. Mision-Reed doesn't hesitate to say, "God is not superman." Sometimes his answer is 'no.' And when that is his answer, Onie is there, too.
Pastoral Care Week continues through Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pasco.
For more, e-mail Ruth Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org