Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 99–108 | Cite as

A spirituality for the long haul: Response to chronic illness

  • Maureen H. Muldoon
  • J. Norman King


This article outlines a spirituality appropriate for those whose lives are affected by chronic injury or illness. Spirituality may be defined simply as a sustained and lived-out vision of life. An emerging spirituality of the whole person in relation to self, others, society, the earth, and a divine presence that pervades all that is acknowledges: (1) the basic dignity of the person, and (2) the drive to growth, wholeness, and fullness in every person. It implies a respectful assistance toward whatever human growth is possible for the chronically ill, while summoning a caring presence that remains faithful despite limitations or impending death.


Chronic Illness Human Growth Chronic Injury Impending Death Divine Presence 
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© Institutes of Religion and Health 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maureen H. Muldoon
    • 1
  • J. Norman King
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Religious Studies at the University of Windsor in Windsor
  2. 2.Department of Religious Studies at the University of Windsor in Windsor

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