While ministering to the sick, McAlear has discerned that there is also an element of forgiveness.
“Forgiving God because he made you sick, your husband who left you or your parent who didn’t accept you; there’s always these issues,” McAlear said.
He will address these issues in the “Healing and Forgiveness Workshop/Holy Hour.”
“I’ve circled the globe several times. There is always a psychological or spiritual component to healing. You have people who are sick. There are two things you are dealing with. You’re dealing with the physical ailment and, at another level, you’re dealing with the psychological thing,” he said.
No matter the physical condition, the psychological aspects may leave a person scared, nervous or worried.
“There’s a bunch of other stuff going on and that needs prayer, too,” he said.
McAlear has prayed with and for tens of thousands of people in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe, Australia, New Guinea and these United States.
What is broken, what repeats itself the world over, is the need to forgive.
“They’ve been hurt, rejected, misunderstood ... fill in the blank; that has to be dealt with and prayed about,” McAlear said. “It’s all a part of the healing. You can’t just say you have a headache. It’s not the ailment. It’s the person that’s important. That’s so important in all the teachings.”
Email Robin Caudell:
email@example.comIF YOU GO WHO: The Rev. Richard McAlear of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. WHEN: Healing Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. today. "Healing and Forgiveness Workshop/Holy Hour" is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. WHERE: St. Peter's Catholic Church, 114 Cornelia St., Plattsburgh. CONTACT: 563-1692.