“For Christians, Christ is both the suffering patient and also the healer, just as in the Eucharist he is both Priest and Sacrifice who offers and is offered for the healing of the entire world. . . . Acts of mercy and healing here are leaving their footprints in eternity.
‘The works we do now will be the healing we experience there, in Paradise:
Whoever has washed the feet of the saints will himself be cleansed in that dew;
to the hand that had stretched out to give to the poor will the fruits of the trees themselves stretch out;
the very footsteps of him who visited the sick in their affliction do the flowers make haste to crown with blooms, jostling to see which can be the first to kiss his steps.’ (St Ephrem the Syrian)”
(Daniel Hinshaw, SUFFERING AND THE NATURE OF HEALING, p 200)