I am Catholic. When I started feeling sick, I stopped going to church, and I even stopped praying/reading the Bible, etc. I found it hard to accept that I was being punished and wondered what I did to deserve this horrible chronic pain. I went to confession today and told this to my priest. He reminded me of the fact that Jesus was a perfect person who suffered the ultimate pain and death. And you know what, that was a huge comfort to me. But I'm not just asking Christians... I want to know from anybody how your religion/faith/spirituality has affected or been affected by your illness.