A human and pastorally effective presence among the People of God obliges us to assure personal and community study of religious, social, cultural, regional and world questions (Congolese Regional Statutes, 3.1).
The practice of holistic medicine has become the preferred method of healing today. The body-life of a sick person has its own rules and there is a whole medical approach for responding to physical weakness. But the health of the body is influenced by other human factors. That is why the holistic doctor takes into account personal history, living situation, balance in emotional life, stability and quality of relationships, intellectual capacity and spiritual life. Because what happens in each of these aspects can affect the healing process as seriously as medicine, the doctor tries to get as fully informed about the patient as possible. Is it otherwise in ministry? The roots of a pastoral need can be greatly extended. The pastoral minister must have the capacity to see far and deep to effectively proclaim the Word of God in the concrete situation. Pastoral activity, done personally or as a team, must be holistic in its preparation and practice.
A single paddle doesn’t move the canoe ahead. (Ntomba)
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