God's Healing Ministry
The Bible says that from the very beginning of His Ministry Jesus healed the sick and suffering. "He went about Galilee….healing every disease and every infirmity among people"
(-Matthew 4 - 23. R.S.V)
Divine Healing is an inheritance we received from Jesus Christ the Savior by His Death and Resurrection.
The Healing hands of faith sustain and nurture the body, mind and soul through love, prayer and forgiveness to make the body become lighter, give peace of mind, and the soul to seek spiritual realities.
Those realities are:
*Jesus Christ is our Savior
*there is an eternal, Heavenly Kingdom
The soul is the link between the physical body and the spiritual self that will continue to exist in God's Heavenly Kingdom.
Spiritual well-being creates the unseen currents of peace and tranquility to flow that spark the imagination to make one more resilient.
Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls".
With Faith we:
*live God's way
*have hope to endure the challenges of life
*become spiritually strengthened
Faith is a spiritual asset that enables a person to believe in God unconditionally - this is trust.
With faith in God, we see and hear things that the “eye has not seen, nor ear heard”
(1 Corinthians 2:9).
With faith we turn to God and Jesus Christ when we are conscious of sin or are depressed in spirit.
We need a sense of hope in the midst of losses, tragedies, and failures.
Difficulties, ill-health and all kinds of suffering have a new perspective when you have faith.
Even when situations seemed bleak, people have moved mountains with their faith because God's Spirit within enlightens the heart.
And, you will "see" through eyes of faith, God’s Presence within and around you that fill the mind with beauty and contentment.
Hippocrates of Kos (460 – 370 BC), was a Greek physician of the classical period who is one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine.
He established the basics of clinical medicine and introduced the use of prognosis and the systematic categorization of diseases.
Hippocrates believed that all diseases had a natural cause so, he also, recommended the natural healing process of rest, a good diet, fresh air and cleanliness.
The Hippocratic school of medicine revolutionized ancient Greek medicine by establishing it as a distinct profession.
Historically taken by physicians to uphold specific ethical standards.
"I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant: I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow".
All Disease Begins in the Gut
Hippocrates believed that the waistline is the truest indication of the body's general condition.
It protects important organs and contributes to overall general health.
An unhealthy waistline is caused by poor lifestyle habits, poor diet, lack of exercise, being overweight and stress.
Strong, well-developed abdominal muscles improve the physique, protect important organs and contribute to improved general health.
A sensible diet and exercise plan is the healthiest way to a well-tapered waistline.
Walking is man's best medicine.
For most people, the best exercise is walking.
A walking program strengthens your heart and lowers your blood pressure.
Combined with a muscle toning program, it will help firm the muscles and make you look and feel good.
Other activities like jogging, cycling, swimming or aerobics also burn calories and keep your heart healthy.
Saint Luke the Beloved Physician, Artist and Evangelist (Greek: Λουκᾶς) was born in the ancient Greek city of Antioch, Asia Minor.
He was a Greek physician, artist, disciple of Saint Paul and is also one of the Four Evangelists that the Early Christian Church ascribes authorship of both the Gospel according to Luke and the Book of Acts of the Apostles.
Saint Luke presented Jesus Christ the Savior of both Jews and Gentiles (non-Jew) and addressed His Gospel to “Theophilus” (Luke 1:3), which in Greek means “friend of God” or “beloved of God.”
The Eastern Orthodox Church regards Saint Luke as the original “iconographer” of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus.
Throughout the centuries, artists have placed this scene in front of their easels to emulate the painting of Saint Luke.
A doctor's life is dedicated to helping others and, in many instances, it can be life-changing for their patients because serious illness calls everything into question-quality of life, family, job, and plans for the future.
To become a doctor, you must first have top grades to gain admission to university and then, years of dedicated study and training to develop the decision-making skills that go into being a good doctor followed by long hours in a high-stress residency environment and sacrifices in lifestyle.
The miracle of birth and the giving of life through delivering babies is what draws special people this important vocation.
Doctor Athanasios Karagiannis, one of Rhodes Island’s finest doctors was born in the small, hilltop village of Mesanagros in 1916 during the Italian occupation of the Dodecanese Islands.
He studied Medicine at the University of Rome graduating at the top of his class and completed his Gynaecology/Obstetrics residency in Europe’s oldest existing university (founded in 1088) - the University of Bologna.
He married Erini, a young girl from the village of Lahania in 1947 and they had two sons and a daughter.
Doctor Karagiannis established his own clinic, Ayios Eleftherios in 1950 and was Head of Gynaecology at the hospital Vasilisas Olga (Queen Olga) in Rhodes until 1953.
In his long and illustrious career spanning 44 years he has helped to deliver over 40,000 babies (about three generations).
He is an example of the truly wonderful people who have enriched their community.
Dr Philip Lisgos was born in Adelaide in 1950 of Greek parents who had migrated to Australia from Rhodes Island, Greece.
His father Emmanuel (Manolis Lisgos) was from the village of Istrios and his mother Aglaia (nee Galantomos) was from the village of Lahania, both in South Rhodes.
He grew up in his beloved working-class suburb of Thebarton. He was educated at Thebarton Primary School, Adelaide High School and the University of Adelaide - always at the top of his class.
His brilliance was such that on the basis of academic performance and special examinations he won both a Commonwealth secondary scholarship for the years at high school and a Commonwealth tertiary scholarship for University for all the years at medical school.
He was awarded the coveted Sir Hugh Cairns Memorial Prize for Medicine, a joint award from the University of Adelaide and Adelaide High School which is awarded to the top student from Adelaide High who enters Medicine at the University of Adelaide.
He even received a card/letter of congratulations from the then Minister of Education and Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Gorton.
Philip could have chosen to become anything he wanted to and would have achieved success. He chose to become a doctor - such is his caring nature and giving heart.
He graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Adelaide medical school in 1974 then moved to Rhodes Island, Greece, where he married his wife Anthi (nee Gkinou), in 1975.
Internship and Specialist Training
Dr Philip Lisgos also completed his internship requirements as required by Greek law and completed compulsory rural medical service as a rural doctor based in the community of Apolakkia in South Rhodes (Rhodes Island, Greece) where he provided medical, surgical, and emergency services to the population of all the villages and townships in the South Rhodes region.
He then completed his specialist training in internal medicine at the Alexandra University Teaching Hospital of the University of Athens Medical School in Athens.
After completing his rural service Dr Philip Lisgos then completed his specialist training in internal medicine at the Alexandra University Teaching Hospital of the University of Athens Medical School in Athens.
Philip qualified as a specialist physician in internal medicine in the European Union and then practiced his specialty, initially as a private specialist medical practitioner in his private consulting rooms in Rhodes, Greece, and subsequently as a senior consultant physician and director of medicine in the Hellenic NHS in the 1st Department of Internal Medicine in Rhodes General Hospital.
Qualities of a Truly Gifted Doctor
Serious illness takes its toll on the mind and on the body bringing negative attitudes and feelings of being at the mercy of the unknown.
People with life threatening health situations want a competent doctor who is confident in their abilities and decision-making skills.
They also need a compassionate and caring doctor who can give them the emotional strength to endure and to persevere.
And, when all else fails, they need the spiritual strength that can only come from God, our dear Lord, Jesus Christ, our blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints.
In an ever-increasingly spiritually-poor world, Dr Philip Lisgos has been blessed by God with these three important qualities of a truly gifted doctor.
These three important qualities enable him to understand what his patients are feeling and experiencing, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
He relates and interacts with his patients in a comforting manner, with humility, empathy and compassion
As a devout, Greek Orthodox Christian, he enlightens the hearts of chronically ill patients spiritually, to give them peace of mind and the light of hope that can only be found through faith in God and Jesus Christ.
Serving the Rural Communities of Southern Rhodes
As a junior doctor in 1975 in Rhodes Island, Greece, he had to complete his internship requirements as required by Greek law and completed compulsory rural medical service as a rural doctor based in Apolakia, South Rhodes, 78 km from the town of Rhodes, where he provided medical, surgical, and emergency services to the population of all the villages and townships in the South Rhodes region.
Rural medicine is very different and yet, so incredibly important.
As a rural doctor, Dr Philip Lisgos faced many challenges.
He was on call 24/7, his patient workload was scattered over 10-12 villages of the Southern Rhodes region and, he had to work long, unsociable hours.
He became well-skilled in a wide variety of services since he generally saw a broader range of illnesses and was involved in the diagnosis and management of these conditions.
Dr Philip Lisgos was welcomed, supported, looked after and loved by all the communities in Southern Rhodes.
As a rural doctor, he was generally, the only physician that his patients had access to. This gave him the opportunity to get to know them on a more personal level. And, because he was likely to see his patients regularly, he could check on their condition when he saw them out and about in the community.
The people of Southern Rhodes got to know him very well and did not see him as “just a doctor” they visited when they did not feel well.
His dedication to helping others, his confidence in his abilities and his unique blend of empathy, humility and inspiration were valued and admired throughout all the rural villages of Southern Rhodes.
Philip came away from his rural service with valuable experiences and lasting friendships.
When all human efforts fail, and the best of medical science is at a loss, faith becomes important for those suffering serious, life-threatening health issues.
Through difficult times, God, Jesus Christ, our Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints become a refuge and a friend for suffering humanity.
Dr Philip Lisgos, the compassionate and devout Greek Orthodox Christian would pray to the miraculous icon of our Blessed Virgin Mary (Panayia Skiatheni) at Monastery Skiathi to give his patients that spiritual comfort and strength to have hope and to endure.
Lecturer at Adelaide University
Dr. Philip Lisgos returned to Adelaide in early 2015 as a medical educator/lecturer at the University of Adelaide medical school. Through his teaching, guidance and support to enhance their learning and personal and professional development, he is an inspiring mentor for undergraduate medical students.
"Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity".
~Hippocrates - The Father of Medicine
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