Nobody likes to be sick. We don’t feel well; we don’t sleep well; we don’t function well or make the best decisions. Others don’t want to be around us; rest and healing are generally cut short in order to keep up with our obligations; this prolongs our sickness and leads to relapses. Sometimes the medicine we have to take makes us feel even worse in the beginning. Healing comes in many forms—rest, proper nourishment, medicine, treatment by a medical professional.
Substance Use Disorder is a disease; a sickness. No one likes to be addicted. Addiction keeps us from functioning normally; discourages proper rest and self-care; adversely affects our judgement and decision-making abilities; makes people not want to be around us. Healing from addiction comes in many forms—rest, proper nourishment for our bodies and our minds, treatment by an addiction specialist, a reconnection with our own spirituality.
The Friars who live and work at the Inn are not just spiritual counselors, but rather a part of the healing process for the men at the Inn. We are models of compassion who remind the Brothers Christopher living in our house that they are “Men worthy of love and respect,”and that healing from their sickness will come as soon as they are ready for it, and surrender to a Higher Power. This is why February 11th, World Day of Prayer for the Sick, is so close to my heart. On this day, in many places, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the sick was given to those with serious illnesses. This year on this special day, in the St. Christopher’s Inn Chapel, I, along with some of my fellow Friar Priests, offered this anointing to any Brothers Christopher and staff who wanted to receive this special blessing.
What a blessing to be part of the healing team at St. Christopher’s Inn, working to alleviate pain and suffering for the Brothers Christopher in our care.
Fr. Dennis Polanco, SA
President & Spiritual Director