How often do we hear about the newest quandaries orunpredictable phenomenon revolving modern healthcare in the media? How often isthe culture quick to offer fanatical or seemingly intemperate solutions to themost critical dilemmas that involve the human person while forgetting the person within? There is no question that there are very stark dichotomies of beliefs regarding certain issues, andI believe that little interchange of constructive argument between the far ends of the spectrum are doing nothing more than contributing to the larger problemsat hand.
People, human beings, have every right to hold fast to their opinions, especially when matters of life or death of family members, wives, husbands, and children are at stake. In fact, I think it would be rather estrange if one did not hold staunch beliefs around these issues. Rather than contribute to the fire of the masses, I seek to offer a different perspective of modern healthcare. I believe that every major quandary, phenomenon, and dilemma in healthcare is able to be solved if we are to remember the person within.
Who is the person within? The person within every person is Jesus Christ – plain and simple. Every person, by the nature of his or her identity as a son or daughter of the Father, is as St. Paul would put it, “a temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor 6:19). Regardless of a person’s political stance, economic standing, civil statue, or religion, every person, and I mean every, is a living vessel that Jesus is able to communicate through to the world. How often do we ignore Him when the living vessel – human beings – are offensive, repugnant, malicious, or even malodourous? I am proposing that these attributes, along with various facets of the healthcare system, can be very problematic if one is seeking a personal encounter with Jesus through the patients he or she is serving. St. Francis of Assisi is who I believe to be a most appropriate response to the challenge of reaching the person within amidst the obstacles presented.
St. Francis has played an incredible role in the discovery of my identity as a son of the Father, for I have discovered what G.K. Chesterton meant when he said that St. Francis “set the world on fire.” My writings will be an attempt for me to describe my perspective, largely influenced by the Franciscan tradition, within the healthcare profession. I will attempt to convey the beauty, responsibility, and sheer gift of being able to care for the most vulnerable. This is a testimony to my experience in seeking the person within.
- My writings are not seeking to solve every problem within modern healthcare, nor am I attempting to propose solutions to fix the broken systems within modern healthcare. I am attempting to do nothing more than offer a foundation, a foundation where the person within is not forgotten amidst being surrounded by often polemic debates in the media and the culture.
- The stories and personal encounters with patients that are shared are not exact depictions of what happened so as to protect their privacy. Details surrounding the events have been changed.
- You are free to disagree with my conclusions. If my writings are not helpful to you becoming a saint, then don’t read them. However, if my writings pull at your heart and challenge your beliefs about the issues discussed, I invite you to lean in and wrestle with them. Feedback is welcomed.