Saints for Healing: Stories of Courage and Hope

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Have you ever been in pain? Suffered from an emotional or physical hardship? Who have you turned to for empathy or support? In Saints for Healing, Janice McGrane shares the stories of others who have followed in Christ's path, and who, through their example, afford us all the courage and hope necessary to endure life's most painful trials.

Joan of Arc, who healed the morale of a broken and war-torn France · Edith Stein and Maximilian Kolbe, who offered comfort and consolation ...

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Overview

Have you ever been in pain? Suffered from an emotional or physical hardship? Who have you turned to for empathy or support? In Saints for Healing, Janice McGrane shares the stories of others who have followed in Christ's path, and who, through their example, afford us all the courage and hope necessary to endure life's most painful trials.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867169621
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 141
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JANICE MCGRANE, S.S.J., M.A., is a Sister of St. Joseph from Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. She is a spiritual director, disability activist, and environmental advocate, and she serves as board chairperson for Liberty Resources Inc., a center for independent living. One of her primary interests is the spirituality of disability.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

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

Notes 133

Bibliography 139

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

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    Being healed and healing

    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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