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God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees

News of the Diocese

February 19, 2024

God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees
God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees
God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees
God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees
God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees
God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees
God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees
God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees
God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees
God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees
God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees
God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees
God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees
God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees
God heals our souls, bishop tells medical conference attendees

Bishop Edward Malesic celebrated the opening Mass for the Cleveland Guild of the Catholic Medical Association’s annual medical conference on Feb. 17 at St. Albert the Great Parish in North Royalton.

The Pursuit of Definitive Healing: Conforming to the Divine Will in Healthcare” was the theme for the daylong conference.

Many attendees were at the opening Mass, which was concelebrated by Father Joseph Brankatelli, the Medical Guild chaplain, administrator of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in South Euclid and parochial vicar at St. Clare Parish in Lyndhurst, and Father Michael Petkosek, St. Albert the Great parochial vicar. Deacon Ted Bizon of St. Albert the Great assisted.

Reflecting on the Gospel, which told the story of Jesus calling Matthew (also known as Levi), the tax collector, the bishop talked about those who feel they aren’t worthy but are called. He said Matthew was one such person.

(See photo gallery above.)

In the famous painting of the calling by Caravaggio, the bishop said Matthew looks at Jesus with bewilderment when he is called.

“He (Matthew) wonders if Jesus made a mistake,” he said, noting Matthew’s livelihood and the fact that tax collectors were despised. “Each of us has a story. We have strengths and weaknesses. We all have a past, but we live in the present. And in spite of our inherent rebelliousness, we are all children of God, loved and precious.”

Jesus loves sinners, the bishop said. “And yes, I’m one of them – a sinner. God calls sinners and wants to turn them into saints. That’s who we are in this divine hospital, this field hospital,” he explained.

Conversion is not a one-time thing, Bishop Malesic said. “It happens over time, like water flowing over a rock. Eventually, the water makes the rock smooth.” He compared that to our sins and God’s forgiveness.

In St. Luke’s Gospel, when Matthew was called, he immediately left everything behind and followed Jesus. He walked away from his job, reputation and his entire past, leaving it behind as he moved forward with Jesus.

The bishop said we need to restore our relationship with Jesus, noting he gave Matthew his friendship. At the altar, Jesus does that for us, as well as giving us a sacred meal – the Mass.

“Our souls are healed by the Risen Christ. We are fed at this sacred table, the altar, with the body and blood of the Risen Christ. Jesus holds nothing back from us and we should hold nothing back from him. Soon, we will be sent from this place to glorify God in our lives,” the bishop said.

He reminded the congregation that we all have a story and are asked to leave everything behind to follow Jesus, like Matthew did in order to be healed – to become saints.

“That’s the direction God sets for us when he says, ‘Follow me.’”

After Mass, the bishop greeted attendees as they headed to the Parish Life Center for the conference. The event theme was chosen to enhance the faith and level of awareness that definitive healing is only provided by the Lord, according to Dr. Ronald Sobecks and conference organizers. They said as we strive to align our wills to his divine will, each of us receives healing and peace that the world cannot give.

Speakers included Dr. Sobecks; Father Brankatelli; Dr. Amber Rachel Day, Catholic Medical Association state director for Ohio and a pediatrician; Andrew Trew, a professor at Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology; Dr. Ted Parran, professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Rebecca Ann Bidinotto, a certified registered nurse anesthetist; and Dr. Jesse Felts, an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Click here to learn more about the Cleveland Guild of the Catholic Medical Association.

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