Friday, July 08, 2005

Radiation Therapy

One author wrote, in a book on spiritual remedies for ailments of the soul, that to pray before the Blessed Sacrament is to undergo “radiation therapy.” I found that rather interesting, since I actually did undergo the conventional (and ultimately less beneficial) form of radiation therapy about a dozen years ago. It occurred to me that there are some similarities and differences in the two kinds of radiation therapy.

The Blessed Sacrament, the sacramental Presence of Christ Himself, indeed radiates the Uncreated Energy of his divinity, which can be received by all who come to Him in faith and love. You don’t have to get sick to benefit from it, but guess what, you already are! We all have the sickness of sin or inclination to sin of one sort or another, so we are all patients of the Divine Physician. The doses of radiation you receive at the medical clinic are measured in “rads,” but there’s no measure to the grace of God shining through the Holy Eucharist. If there is, it can only be the measure of love, which has no limits.

One of the downsides of radiation, aside from making you glow in the dark (just kidding!), is that it not only kills the cancer cells, it also kills many other cells with which it comes in contact. That is why they have to map you out very carefully, and even put a few little tattoos on you, so they can correctly line up the template every time and not zap anything they’re not supposed to. They even have to take certain measures to avoid accidentally sterilizing you. As soon as the technicians assure you that everything is just fine, they all run out of the room and push the button! (That always made me feel just a tad nervous.) Then they give you some pills to keep you from throwing up in response to the therapy. Maybe modern medicine is not all it’s cracked up to be…

But the “radiation therapy” of God’s love in the Blessed Sacrament needs no map, makes no mistakes, makes you spiritually fruitful instead of sterile, destroys only evil—and Jesus will never leave you lying alone in your sickness and fear! Nor do you need to take some remedy for the remedy, for there are no negative side effects (you may, however, notice new growths of virtue here and there). So I recommend this form of therapy for all men, women, and children. It’s impossible to overdose, and the health benefits, while perhaps only gradually noticed, begin from the first treatment.

Regular doses of Divine Uncreated Energy Eucharistic Radiation Therapy are the beginning of God’s making all things new within you. Stop by your church for a free treatment. No appointment necessary. Walk-ins welcome. “Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”