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Emeka Collins wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • If I am praying and my parents call me or my friend wants to tell me something or bring something to my attention, is it right to cut my prayers short (due the others), then return to my prayers later?

Emeka

  { Can I cut my prayers short for a good reason, can I have two callings; and do we heal all the time? }

Bob replied:

Emeka,

Yes, it is fine, especially when it is your parents. Sometimes the challenge is to find a time and space where prayer will not be disturbed, but until you are able to create that space, don't worry, God has no problem waiting — He's eternal!

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Emeka replied:

Bob,

  1. Can I become a priest and also be a mathematics lecturer in a university?
  2. Do we heal all the time with the authority Christ gave us in Mark 16:18 . . . that they get well?

    18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

  3. If not, then what is the essence of Christ giving us the authority?

Emeka

Bob replied:

Dear Emeka,

A priest can be a university professor as well; this is not uncommon in religious orders like the Jesuits and Dominicans, but not a secular priest; that is not usual.

Only Christ has the authority and power to heal. If He shares that with us, it is always at His discretion and not universal. He gave certain authority to the Apostles and Disciples, but not every gift was given to all so, all can pray, but only Christ makes the final call as to who is healed.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Dear Emeka,

I just wanted to clarify Bob's answer a bit.

You asked:

  1. Can I become a priest and also be a mathematics lecturer in a university.

and he said:
A priest can be a university professor as well; this is not uncommon in religious orders like the Jesuits and Dominicans, but not a secular priest; that is not usual.

As Bob said, yes, one may be both a professor and priest as well; though the priesthood is restricted to men because Jesus (was/is) The Man so He must use the body of another man to extend his priesthood from generation to generation through the sacrament of Holy Orders.

In the same way, a man can't become pregnant, neither can a woman become a priest.

Mike

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