Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thursday, March 6

Luke 8:40-56
46But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me.’ 47When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.’

Today in the Episcopal Church we honor William Mayo, Charles Menninger, and their sons. They were healers and physicians in America in the 19th and 20th centuries. They founded clinics and foundations that are still around in the 21st century. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota was founded, as a result of the aftermath of a tornado in 1883 when other doctors, including is Mayo’s own sons, and nuns from the Sisters of Saint Francis of Rochester came to help those who were injured. Charles Mayo and the Mother Superior formed what would become St. Mary’s Hospital; however because the Mayos were Episcopalian some people in the community did not approve of this alliance. In 1919, this medical practice became the Mayo Clinic.  Today the Mayo Clinic remains a not-for-profit clinic and is one of the world’s foremost research centers in medicine. The team approach that was pioneered by Charles Mayo and his sons has become the hallmark of this center of healing.  I joyfully lift up the staff and patients of the Mayo Clinic in prayer today.

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