SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR EVERY DAY IN THE WEEK, FOR THOSE WHO COMMUNICATE OFTEN: WEDNESDAY + CONSIDER JESUS CHRIST AS PHYSICIAN
CONSIDER JESUS CHRIST AS PHYSICIAN, AND DESIRE EARNESTLY TO BE CURED OF THE MANY DANGEROUS DISEASES THOU AFFLICTED WITH, CRY OUT CONTINUALLY TO HIM, HEAL ME, O LORD, (JER. 17.4.) AND I SHALL BE HEALED
Wretch that I am, with how many distempers am I afflicted? I am, all at once, blind, deaf, dumb, paralitick, leprous, covered with sores from head to foot, my bowels are putrefied, gangrenous, and my whole body is consuming by a burning fever. O what friendly hand will deliver me from such a complication of disorders! None but thine, O heavenly physician! who art this day to visit me.
Suffer not thyself, O my soul! to be cast down by sadness, or the despair of a cure. How grievous and desperate soever thy distempers appear, they do not surpass the abilities of the physician whois this day to come to thee; (Mark 5.27.) of his garment is sufficient to restore thee to perfect health.
Come then, O divine physician! come, and heal me. Have pity on my misery; let my manifold infirmities excite thy compassion, and suffer me not to continue longer in so deplorable a condition.
Let us betake ourselves then, my soul, without delay t this sovereign physician, for the recovery of ur health, let us hope for a cure from his goodness. He will infalliably effect it if thou place an entire confidence in him.
Yes, I confide entirely in thee, O my Saviour! I trust in thy goodness that thou wilt this day heal me. And have not good reason t expect health from thee, when I consider the efficaciousness of the remedy thou appliest, no other then thy sacred flesh and precious blood?
Dispose me, O sovereign physician! dispose me thyself to receive benefit from the sovereign and precious remedy thou dost this day intend to administer to me. And thou. my sul, endeavor on thy side to receive it to thy benefit; avoid every thing that may hinder its du operation on thee; have a lively sense of thy disorders, conceive an utter abhorrence of them, and ardently wish to be cured.