Study reveals that going to Mass has health benefits

“The Mass is not a life insurance against death, but an insurance of Eternal Life that begins already from this life,” said Father Sergio G. Román.

Newsdesk (July 2, 2021 16:56, Gaudium Press) In recent years several studies have shown that practicing some religion has health benefits. One of them, conducted by the Harvard Chan School of Public, called “Association of religious service attendance with mortality among Women”, revealed that going to Mass has many health benefits.

To obtain this percentage, the researchers linked data on religious service attendance and mortality among women. Data that was collected from over 74,000 women, taking into account some considerations such as medical background, lifestyles, and demographic factors.

Those who go to Mass have lower risk of dying from cancer

According to the study, women who attend Mass or go to church for prayers at least once a week have 27% less risk of cardiovascular disease, and 21% less risk of dying from cancer.

The study concludes decisively by assuring that “religion and spirituality are being an underappreciated resource that physicians should explore more with their patients.”

Those who attend Mass receive the benefits of divine grace in a tangible way

“The Mass is not a life insurance against death, but an insurance of Eternal Life that begins already from this life (…) Those who attend Mass receive in a palpable way the benefits of divine grace that are manifested in a healthier life, more orderly, more integrated into the community and more harmonious in the family,” said Father Sergio G. Román.

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The priest concludes by explaining that “sickness returns to a man who is especially vulnerable and in need of God’s mercy, and that is why Jesus left us the mandate not only to preach the Gospel, but to visit and anoint the sick. A medical study on the effectiveness of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick on its patients would be very interesting. The priestly experience teaches us that this holy sacrament acts wonderfully in the sick, giving them strength to fight against their illness, serenity, tranquility of soul, and often, very often, giving them health of body,” concludes Father Román. (EPC)

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