Episode 124, From Healing Bodies to Healing Souls
Meet Dr. Tom Nelson - a physician with a unique approach to healing. After graduating from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1987, Dr. Tom completed his residency at LaGrange Memorial Hospital. But it wasn't until a transformative retreat at the John Paul II Healing Center in Tallahassee that he truly discovered his calling. Today, he's trained in prayer ministry and actively involved in the Joliet Diocese’s Unbound ministry.
A Promise of Compassion
Dr. Tom's story is one of compassion and courage. When a longtime patient with no family came to him to discuss her end-of-life issues, he knew he had to help. In spite of his busy schedule as a football coach and physician, he made time to care for her. He turned to prayer, seeking comfort and strength during Eucharistic Adoration.
Breaking Down Walls
As he got to know his patient, Joan, she opened up to him about her anger toward God after the death of her young father. Dr. Tom decided to bring in a priest, despite Joan's initial resistance. Over time, the walls of anger and fear of God came tumbling down, and Joan received the Sacrament of the Sick before passing away peacefully.
The Gift of Grace
Dr. Tom's experience led him to attend a healing seminar at the JPII Center, where he received many graces and became more involved in the church. He became more empathetic and caring towards his patients, and his attitude towards medicine changed. In the end, he received much more than he ever imagined.
A Reflection of Mercy
Dr. Tom's story is a powerful reminder of the healing power of faith and compassion. He became a reflection of the Merciful Jesus, and his patient died a peaceful death. This is the goal of healthcare professionals of Divine Mercy, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers. If you're looking for inspiration and hope, look no further than Dr. Tom Nelson's story.