Compassion Creates Hope – Episode 186

Compassion Creates Hope

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Featuring: Rev. Jeff Paparone

Published: October 19, 2019

Rev. Jeff Paparone, a hospital chaplain at CTCA, passionately shared with Rev. Percy McCray about the importance of spiritual, emotional, and mental healing in cancer patients. They also discussed the power of meeting people’s needs right where they are.


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Show Notes:

Rev. Jeff Paparone, a hospital chaplain at CTCA, and host Rev. Percy McCray explore the importance of the clinical environment providing spiritual, mental, and emotional healthcare to cancer patients. “If we send every patient out of these doors and they’re healed physically, I think we would all praise God for that, right? However, a week later, a month later, a year later, they still may be hurting as far as relationally, emotionally, spiritually, mentally. And if we’ve done nothing to serve them in that manner… then it’s what I call malpractice.”

They also discussed the simplicity of compassion ministry as taught at the local church level through Our Journey of Hope training and the value of meeting needs of those suffering with illness. “People are gonna suffer, people have cancer…when you can meet them at their front doorstep, where they’re hurting, and help them in a practical manner — for example, food or doing laundry or giving their caregiver a break…whatever that might be…practical matters make a difference.”

For Rev. Paparone, the ongoing work of chaplaincy is fueled by the change he witnesses in the lives of patients. “What gives me hope is when I see patients who have been given no hope. And I’ve got the opportunity to share — it could be a nugget of wisdom…or of hope. And you see them walk out of your office…they are a new person. It’s almost kind of like that new birth.”


  • “If we don’t attend to a patient’s spiritual side of who they are, then we’ve committed malpractice.”
  • “Being in the church doesn’t have to be difficult. Being in the church, you don’t need a master’s degree. You just have to have a heart that’s willing to serve.”
  • “In six years of being here at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, I’ve seen more joy — much more joy — than sorrow.”

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