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Joan of Arc, who healed the morale of a broken and war-torn France · Edith Stein and Maximilian Kolbe, who offered comfort and consolation ...
Joan of Arc, who healed the morale of a broken and war-torn France · Edith Stein and Maximilian Kolbe, who offered comfort and consolation amid the horror of Auschwitz · Henriette Delille, who transcended the racism of her time to minister with the slaves · Hildegard of Bingen, who shared her knowledge of herbs to help heal others' illnesses · Catherine of Siena, who helped repair a divided and corrupt church · Damien of Molokai, who like St. Francis centuries before him, ministered to lepers · Dorothy Day, who ministered to the poor, sick, and outcast of India, and through her message of peace and hope, healed nations · Oscar Romero, who risked his own life to protect the rights and freedom of his flock · Mychal Judge, who during our nation's darkest hour, risked his own life to minister to those who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Note to Readers xv
Chapter 1 Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) Healing and Visions 1
Chapter 2 St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Healing the Church 13
Chapter 3 St. Joan of Arc (1412-1431) Healing France While Hearing Voices 27
Chapter 4 Venerable Henriette Delille (1812-1862) Healing the Slaves of New Orleans 41
Chapter 5 St. Damien of Molokai (1840-1889) Healing the Untouchables of Molokai 53
Chapter 6 St. Edith Stein (1891-1942) and St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941) Healing During the Agony of Auschwitz 69
Chapter 7 Dorothy Day (1897-1980) Healing God's Working Poor 87
Chapter 8 Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) Healing in the Slums of Calcutta 99
Chapter 9 Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917-1980) Healing EI Salvador 109
Chapter 10 Fr. Mychal Judge (1933-2001) Healing with Heroism 123
Posted May 7, 2011
This is the second book of saints by Janice McGrane, a sister of St. Joseph from Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Her first, Saints to Lean On, centered on ways in which saints coped with illness and disability. This new work, Saints for Healing is subtitled Stories of Courage and Hope. In it McGrane looks at healing as something more than curing: "A smile, an expression of affection, a conversation, or simply 'being there' for another person can all be healing experiences." She offers chapters on 11 saints with a special connection to healing: Hildegard of Bingen, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Joan of Arc, Venerable Henriette Delille, St. Damien of Molokai, Saints Edith Stein and Maximilian Kolbe, Dorothy Day, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Archbishop Oscar Romeo, and Fr. Mychal Judge. McGrane writes with the hope that the strength, joy, and courage of these saints inspire readers to become a healing presence to others. In addition, she urges those in need of healing to turn to these and other saints for companionship and inspiration. Each chapter consists of a short biography of the saint, background on relevant cultural issues, and a reflection in which McGrane demonstrates ways of applying the information to our own lives. In the course of those reflections we learn about McGrane's coming to terms with the onset of rheumatoid arthritis while in her twenties. Over time she had to give up her dream of ministering to the poor in Appalachia in favor of serving and advocating for those with disabilities. She also shares an insight of her own that mirrors that of many of the saints she describes: finding opportunities to serve God in all human conditions including wealth, poverty, sickness, and health. The book also addresses the penchant for scientists of each generation to apply current medical theories and knowledge to those who lived before-even 600 years before. In the beginning of the book McGrane adds a special note on that topic. Whether Joan of Arc's visions resulted from epilepsy, and even if Catherine of Siena suffered from anorexia, God's grace can be found in their actions. She goes into more detail on the skepticism surrounding these saints, as well as Hildegard of Bingen (migraines) in their own time and today, each time reminding that God works with us under all circumstances if we are open to God's grace.
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