The Catholic Medical Association was created in order to help medical professionals grow in the spirit of Christ, to bring His Spirit to all touched by our science and art, and to assist the Vicar of Christ, the Bishops, and the whole Christian community with leadership, especially with the particular knowledge, skill, and experience we have as Christian Physicians.
The Holy Father hinted at the connection between sanctity and miracles in his homily at the canonization of Dr. Moscati: "Holiness is man's union with God in the power of the Paschal Mystery of Christ, in the power of the Spirit of Truth and Love . . . Love has the power to unite man with God. And this definitive love matures through the various works of charity that a man performs in the course of his life." While some Christians are suspicious of the claim that good deeds bring us closer to God, we have Christ's own word for it in the Gospel: "Come, O blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom . . . For I was sick and you visited me" (Mt. 25:31-46).
The life of St. Giuseppe Moscati illustrates how the Catholic faith and practical charity united a layman with God to such an extent that the power of God ultimately worked in and through him.
Michael J. Miller. "Joseph Moscati: Saint, doctor, and miracle-worker." Lay Witness(March/April 2004).
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Living the virtuous life is beautiful!
At our Monday morning mass and meeting today Dr. Tim Fischer presented on "virtue", and how virtue allows us to approach medical ethics in a more faithful approach. Many persons want to point out differences with others and stop there, but our role is to go further, and bring other physicians into a "virtuous community" helping each other live the lives we were created for and bring each of us closer to God.
St. Gianna Beretta Molla was a very virtuous woman, attracting people by her approach to living life, loving family, and practicing medicine. She wasn't known for writing huge texts about medical ethics, but rather gave us a perfect example of how to choose correctly. Her "yes to life and God" was grounded in lifelong good habits. or virtues that enabled her to be courageous.
Our Lincoln CMA Guild is here to help us all grow in faith and closer to God. Please consider joining us in our efforts to see the beauty in living the virtuous life as physicians and healthcare members.
- Jude Cook, M.D. 3/2/15