A recent article talks about the insights gathered from an anthropological study of people who attend church. I'm glad to say, I'm not surprised by what she found...
ONE of the most striking scientific discoveries about religion in recent
years is that going to church weekly is good for you. Religious
attendance — at least, religiosity — boosts the immune system and
decreases blood pressure. It may add as much as two to three years to
your life. The reason for this is not entirely clear.
...Healthy behavior is no doubt another part. Certainly many churchgoers
struggle with behaviors they would like to change, but on average,
regular church attendees drink less, smoke less, use fewer recreational
drugs and are less sexually promiscuous than others.
Read the entire article here...
When we are no longer dominated by fear, and have experienced the first love of God, we no longer need to know moment to moment what is going to happen. We can trust that good things will happen if we remain rooted in that love. All true education, formation and healing are ways to let the fruits of love grow and develop to full maturity. All ministry is caring attentiveness to vulnerable lives, and a grateful receiving of the variety of fruits by which they manifest their beauty. Henri Nouwen