The Healing Power of the Eucharist... last entry

Posted May 23, 2009

In 1 Thessalonians 5:23, St. Paul speaks about three parts of the human personality: “May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”

(NAB, emphasis added). In other translations, this tripartite division of spirit, soul, and body is rendered as body, mind, and spirit. These are the three major areas in which human beings can suffer from wounds, and the three dimensions of the human personality where God’s healing action can take place. ……

….When we thus examine the realm of the human spirit (soul), we can conclude there are not three but four types of disorders that require, correspondingly, four types of healing: physical; emotional; intrinsic spiritual healing, which is healing from sin; and extrinsic spiritual healing, in which demonic force are dispelled. Moreover, as we shall show, all four types of healing are eminently available through the Eucharist. Clearly it follows that a smorgasbord of healing benefits is available to us through the healing power of the Eucharist.

“The Healing Power of the Eucharist” Father John Hampsch, C.M.F.