Among the many dreadful diseases that human beings may suffer today is cancer. When one knows of having one, it is not easy to accept it and the expectation to nearby death comes in. It is because this disease is difficult to heal. Some though have been healed or at least life is prolonged.
But instead of asking why does God give me this sickness when one discovers it, maybe it would help better to ask what does this sickness offer me. “Illness becomes a way to conversion; God’s forgiveness initiates the healing” (CCC 1502). Undeniably, many of us suffer physical illness due to spiritual brokenness. Troubled relationships and stressful lifestyle sometimes lead to laxity, if not negligence, of spiritual pursuit. Only conversion and reconciliation can restore wholeness and holiness.
“Heal the sick. The Church has received this charge from the Lord and strives to carry it out by taking care of the sick as well as by accompanying them with prayer and intercession” (CCC 1509). With utmost patience and deep understanding, we need to attend to our ailing brethren, especially those with cancer. What amount of prayer and attention can we offer them these days?