2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554

parishoffice@spsjax.org

2609 Park Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32204

(904) 387-2554

Email: parishoffice@spsjax.org

Freedom and Grace

There was a remarkable freedom and graciousness to the healing work of Jesus. He healed those who
sought his help and demanded nothing in return.

He never asked those whom he healed to join his band of disciples, nor did he link his cures to a moral reform agenda on the part of those whom he
cured. He simply sent them on their way, to be reintegrated into their families and neighborhoods.

His healing ministry was not about winning adherents or making conversions. So, too, for contemporary hospital chaplains, their role is not to proselytize or to effect conversions. It is simply to mediate the unconditional love of God for all with whom they come in contact, irrespective of their physical or moral situations.

Excerpted from Chaplains: Ministers of Hope, edited by Alan Hilliard (P.27)