Dr Paul O'Reilly

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 “Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you.”When I was growing up, there was a very great leader of the Catholic church in my country who seemed for me, as a small boy, to embody the entire personality of the Church. I won’t tell you his name but he was the then Cardinal Archbishop. In every way, he was a big man - 68 when I knew him. 6 foot 4 inches...
"He could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them."As a doctor, I have always loved the last line of this reading. It seems like - for St Mark - just healing a few sick people doesn't really count as a miracle! He takes it for granted that healing is a natural part of God becoming really present in a human life.Well, a few days ago I had a young man in my office with his girlfriend - both much in need of healing. Both of them had just tested HIV...
Paul O'Reilly in Guyana
Paul O'Reilly SJ, who currently works as a GP among the homeless in London, reflects on the effect something as simply as touch can have on the sick.I sometimes wonder what it felt like to be Jesus, to have the power to heal people just by touching them... No fuss, no drugs, no operations – you just get better right away. What a wonderful thing to be able to do for people. One person who made me think that was Tessa; and the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life was making her see again....
Part of the Renew Theology on Tap informal talks series at the Barley Mow pub in the West End.  Dr. Paul O'Reilly SJ is a GP at the Hickey surgery at the Cardinal Hume Centre, serving the street homeless of Westminster.  He will speak about his ministry and what it means to be 'Finding God in the Poor'.  The upper room at the Barley Mow is booked from 6.30 so you are welcome to come early and buy your supper.  Talks last 30-40 minutes followed by small group...