Wounded Healers

A Reflection by Margaret Silf

There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been confined to bed for eight years, for he was paralyzed. Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed.’ He got up at once.
—Acts 9: 33-34

One UK charity that supports homeless people prides itself not only on giving people a bed to sleep in but also a reason to get out of it in the morning. Many of the residents have been paralyzed for years by chronic unemployment and disempowered by a society that has largely rendered them invisible. Peter no longer walks our streets. Today the spirit of the risen Christ asks for the use of our hands and feet, hearts and minds, to work his miracles. He opens our eyes to see the need and challenges us to take it from there.

 Margaret Silf

Margaret Silf

Margaret is passionate about making Christian spirituality, and especially Ignatian spirituality, accessible to people with no theological background. She travels widely as a speaker and retreat director.

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