There’s a movie called Green Dolphin Street. I saw it when I was ten or twelve years old, but Donna Reed plays a nun in a cloister in it, and the mother superior in confronted with some sort of problem, and decides to leave the convent to solve the problem through practical means. Donna Reed’s character says “Mother, isn’t there some other way?” and she answers “Well, I could pray, but I think He’d rather I did something about it.”
In regards to Brooky, who knows what “The inability to keep food down” was. He could have been born with gastric reflux, or with some kind of infection. It could be that while the nuns prayed over him, something misdiagnosed as gastric reflux, but was really an infection, cleared up. And yes, babies can be born with infections.
I had a positive culture for strep B, so I was given IV antibiotics to keep my son from getting it during birth. He ended up being a c-section, because he got stuck on the way out, but he got far enough out that the strep be precaution was necessary.
Before doctors figured out what was happening, babies got all kinds of terrible infections from strep B, something that is benign in the women (and men too) who harbor it, as long as they don’t give birth.
Now, I’m not saying he had that, or any particular infection, but three days may have been just enough for whatever he had to clear up.
My son had a poor latch, and ate very little for his first three days. Babies have amazing reserves. If mothers are too ill or exhausted after birth to nurse them well, they survive. All mothers secrete is colostrum anyway, which has just a little sugar and fluid-- in fact, in the early days of formula feeding, newborns got three days of glucose water before they got formula. It’s after the milk comes in that the baby gets really hungry (and it doesn’t slow down until it’s about two).
So prayer didn’t make Brooky survive without food. Newborns can do that. And we can’t say it cured the eating disorder without knowing the underlying cause.