Friday, March 31, 2006

Don't pray for me. Please.

The American Heart Journal recently conducted a study of 1,800 patients who underwent heart bypass surgery. In the study, some of the patients were prayed for, and some were not.

The praying was done by members of three Christian groups in monasteries and elsewhere -- two Catholic and one Protestant -- who were given written prayers and the first name and initial of the last name of the prayer subjects. The prayers started on the eve of or day of surgery and lasted for two weeks.

Among the first group -- who were prayed for but only told they might be -- 52 percent had post-surgical complications compared to 51 percent in the second group, the ones who were not prayed for though told they might be. In the third group, who knew they were being prayed for, 59 percent had complications.

Maybe its time for me to start praying for the "wellbeing" of people that I don't like.

Reuters story - linky
American Heart Journal study - linky


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