In November 2001, a symposium on healing prayer was held in Rome. It was jointly organized by the Vatican through the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS), the international committee set up by the Holy See to promote the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) worldwide. The symposium made it clear that the Vatican was interested in promoting Christian healing not only within the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) but everywhere in the Roman Catholic Church. After this symposium, forty international CCR leaders gathered to ensure the follow-up to this historic meeting. The leaders decided to take stock of all that the Lord had taught us since 1967, when the Catholic Charismatic Renewal began, in the areas of healing and deliverance, including what the Lord had revealed to Christians of other denominations. A work plan was proposed and accepted. The President of ICCRS asked me if I would undertake this project. By September 2002, I had started to work full time on this research. I read many books and articles on Christian healing and took training sessions on these topics, especially with Francis and Judith MacNutt. In 2006, I sent my text to the Doctrinal Commission of the ICCRS, which printed their own document in 2008 under the title Praying to Obtain Healing: Doctrinal Reflections and Practical Guidelines. In 2015, ICCRS published an updated version of this document.
On my own, I continued my research into different healing prayer methods that the Lord had blessed. From September 2004 to 2012, one Saturday every month, I offered training sessions to Catholics in the Ottawa, Canada region. Every Wednesday evening, about 20 of them met to pray for the healing of people who requested it.
I developed the teaching and the healing forms that you receive in this document from this experience. This is a work in progress. The teachings and the prayer wording are not in their final forms. They will be when I have concluded my research on healing. The date at the beginning of each teaching and prayer form indicates the latest version of the text.
Throughout the manuals, I have generally used the masculine only, instead of the masculine-feminine to simplify the text. Unless otherwise indicated, Scriptural quotes are from the New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Anglicized Edition (NRSV-CE). Other translations are sometimes used due to differences in emphasis or vocabulary, with preference given to Catholic editions of the Bible, such as the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB), the New American Bible (NAB), the 1899 Douay-Rheims Bible (DRB), and the Catholic Public Domain Version (CPDV2009). CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994. Bible book abbreviations and English spelling conventions generally conform to the ICCRS style guide.
The effectiveness of healing prayer depends on the docility of the prayer leader to the inspirations of the Spirit of Jesus. It is the Spirit of God who heals, not a method. The Holy Spirit has shown us over the years that there are ways of doing things that He prefers and they are all consistent with what He says in Scripture. You should never interpret the models of prayer that I propose as anything more than suggestions and possible paths. At all times, healing prayer must, first and foremost, be in docility to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
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