We cannot hold onto anyone or anything. We are all of us passing through in a world that is itself passing away. Behold! Christ makes all things new. Thanks be to God!
We’re all in need of a bit of healing, hope and encouragement now and then. Truly, we are living in a fallen world. We’re surrounded by hurting people; we wound others and are often wounded ourselves. Sin has wounded the whole world. But no sin is too big for God to forgive and no wound is too deep for God to heal.
The Church has so much to offer to those who need healing. Christ pours His Divine Love and Grace into the world through His Body the Church. He instituted the Mass and all the sacraments in order to give us His Love and Grace throughout all time and space. My prayer for you, whoever and wherever you are, is that you will open your heart to receive the wonderful gifts that the Lord is waiting to give you, and my hope is that something on this page or elsewhere on this site will help you in however a small way toward whatever healing you need and desire.
Jan 11 2013: Thank you to a reader of the blog for the idea of this section of resources. (Sorry it took me so long to get the page going. I’ve been in need of some healing and encouragement myself and all of my projects have been waiting for me to have the energy to get back to them.) This list is just a beginning; I’ll add more as I’m able. God bless you and peace be with you.
(No page of resources on healing from a Catholic perspective would be complete without at least a few words from a Pope or two, and some Catholic theology: Salvifici Doloris, On The Christian Meaning of Human Suffering by Pope John Paul II; You Are Not Alone, a message from Pope Benedict XVI; and The Authentic Transformation of “Useless” Human Suffering by Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph. D., Director of Education, National Catholic Bioethics Center.)
Healing and Hope in General:
The Divine Mercy and Healing: “Divine Mercy is as old as the first experience of God with humanity — as old as His creation of Adam and Eve. In the very act of creation, mercy became known. Nonetheless, mercy manifested even more brilliantly after the fall of man, when God promised to send a Redeemer.”
- Are You Hurting? Find a Message and a Journey of Hope.
- How God Sees You: Meditations to Grow in Self-Esteem.
- Hope for Tough Days: When everything is going wrong and you want your life to change.
- Light a Candle Say a Prayer: Light a candle, say a prayer, share the hope.
- Stories of Comfort and Courage: You’re not alone. Others have been there before you.
Healing after Abortion:
- Rachel’s Vineyard: Healing the pain of abortion, one weekend at a time.
The caption on the image above says, “You don’t have to climb this mountain alone!” I’d go further and say, “You can’t climb this mountain alone! None of us can!” That’s why Christ gave us His Church. She is a hospital for those who are sick and that would be ALL of us. We are all sinners in need of God’s grace and love and mercy and forgiveness and truth and beauty and goodness. All of us, each and every one. Period.
Healing the Suffering of Same-Sex Attraction:
- Courage: A Roman Catholic Apostolate, ministers to persons with same-sex attraction and their loved ones.
- EnCourage: A Roman Catholic Apostolate, ministers to relatives, spouses, and friends of persons with same-sex attraction.