My involvement with the Park Ridge Center for Health, Faith and Ethics has given me opportunity to write on the topic of spiritual healing. But there are times when corporal healing is in order. I am reminded of an old professor who, looking into his denomination's pension plan, was told that the main benefits of the plan were "spiritual." He opted instead for a plan whose benefits were material.
Shakespeare observes that even the philosopher gets a toothache. It can distract from philosophy. I myself can be driven from concentration by a backache. Doctors tell me that I suffer nothing but the normal spinal deterioration of someone my age (a diagnosis that always struck me as inelegant).
This article is available to subscribers only. Please subscribe for full access—subscriptions begin at $2.95. Already have an online account? Log in now. Already a print subscriber? Create an online account for no additional cost.