It's Good to be Here: A Disabled Woman's Reflections on the Sacred Wonder of Being Human

It's Good to be Here: A Disabled Woman's Reflections on the Sacred Wonder of Being Human

by Christina Chase




Written from the perspective of someone who is diseased and disabled since infancy, It's Good to Be Here is a collection of personal reflections on the life of Jesus Christ revealing the intimacy of God’s love for every human being in the wonder of our shared humanity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644131077
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
Publication date: 11/15/2019
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Christina Chase was born in 1974, the second and youngest child of her New Hampshire native father and French-Canadian immigrant mother. Physically disabled since infancy with a genetic, progressive disease (Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2), she is dependent upon her parents and paid caregivers for daily survival. When she isn’t writing or blogging, she enjoys being with her family, taking in the wonder of the natural world, reading theological books, and researching genealogy. A revert to the Catholic Faith through a brief foray into atheism and exploration of eastern religions, she has studied Catholic theology with the Satellite Theological Education Program through the University of Notre Dame and is now consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She lives in the beauty of New Hampshire with her loving parents and their three cats.

Table of Contents

Crippled: A Preface xi

1 Here I Am, Lord

Fearfully and Wonderfully 5

God So Loved the World 9

Among the Smells and Ills 21

Childlike Wonder 25

2 This Is My Beloved

Finding Out about Christina 31

Unrecognized 35

Into the Desert 41

In the Beginning 49

3 If You Will It, Lord

Imperfect 55

Why Are You Thinking Such Things in Your Heart? 61

Begging Bowls: Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit 69

Ask and You Shall Receive-Sort Of 71

4 See, I Am Doing Something New

Joy: "Why Are You So Happy?" 79

Closer to God: The Story of Zacchaeus 85

Casting into the Deep 89

And He Loved Them to the End 97

5 No Greater Love

The Way of the Cross 105

Stripped 109

INRI 113

My Soul to the Netherworld 117

6 A Place for You

The Hope of Heaven 121

Glorified Wounds: Suffer These Things and Enter into His Glory 129

Weird and Wonderful: The Essence of the Ascension 133

The Assumption and Every Body 137

7 I Will Be with You Always

Good News 147

Sitting in the Back and the Real Presence 151

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant 155

The Strawberry and the Sacred Heart of Jesus 165

Acknowledgments 171

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