(RNS) —  Norman Vincent Peale, the famed evangelist of positive thinking, had some advice for people when they or a loved one got sick. 

Call your doctor.

Call your preacher.

And don’t worry too much.

“Whatever you do, do not become panicky or filled with fear,” wrote Peale, in his bestselling spiritual guide, “The Power of Positive Thinking,” “for if you do, you will send out negative thoughts and therefore destructive thoughts in the direction of your loved one when he requires positive and healing thoughts to assist him.”

President Trump, an acolyte and erstwhile parishioner of Peale’s, appears to be putting that advice into practice.

“Don’t be afraid of Covid,” Trump tweeted on Monday (Oct 5.) in announcing that he was planning to leave

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