Journey Into Wholeness
Prayer for Inner Healing
Drawing on forty years' experience in this ministry, the author shows how prayer helps people to emerge from their past hurts and limitations, and gradually reclaim their real selves under the awesome power of God's love. Powerful testimonies underline his call for the Church to empower clergy and laity to meet the needs of people suffering in a wide range of stressful life situations. The stories of some of the hundreds who have come to his home seeking help indicate how effectively people's needs can be met through ordinary people in parishes, and offer a model for development.
People are seeking prayer for inner healing, some travelling long distances. More will come forward as The New Evangelisation gathers pace, especially those who have moved away from the Church, and those practising their faith but who are not sufficiently evangelised. This book shows from Church documents that prayer for inner healing which leads towards greater holiness is an essential part of evangelisation, yet this ministry is only rarely available and receives scant, if any, attention in seminaries. Some readers will wish to consider their own lives in the light of the insights and testimonies shared, and seek healing for themselves. Others will realise that they themselves have the capacity and calling to become involved in the ministry of healing. Those in a position to institute change at a higher level within the Church will find suggestions as to how the structures of the Church can respond to the needs of all its people.
978 085244 806 9
Healing Wounds in the Field Hospital of the Church
Edited by Alan Guile and Fr Jim McManus CSsR
In an interview in 2013, Pope Francis referred to the Church as ‘a field hospital after a battle’. Pope Francis’ vision of the Church is a clear recognition and acknowledgement that people within the Church often have wounds, even though we cannot see them. These wounds sometimes have an effect that hampers a full, free and joyful relationship with God in the Church. It is Pope Francis’ hope that those in such need will find the healing they require with the ‘medicine of mercy’ in the Church.
It is this vision of the Church of Pope Francis that was the inspiration for this book, bringing together a breadth of experience and depth of pastoral approach of lay people and priests who are at present ministering to people in a variety of different and often difficult and painful situations. I highly recommend this book.
+Ralph Heskett C.ss.R, Bishop of Hallam
Twelve priests, twelve lay people and four religious sisters reflect on their experience of healing in the Church. These experiences are explored in depth – the ministry of prayer for healing; healing and the Sacraments; the role of priests in the healing ministry; the New Evangelization and the healing ministry; exorcism and deliverance; the seminary and the healing ministry; healing the family tree; healing the loss of babies and abortion; healing children and teenagers; healing in and through marriage; healing the bereaved, divorced and separated; healing the dying and surviving; healing the victims of sexual abuse; healing the wounds hidden behind dissociative identity disorder; healing after violent crime; healing those involved in prostitution; healing in prison; healing and parish life.
Powerful witness, and the testimony of those affected by the issues or involved in administering healing provide an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on this vital, but often neglected part of the Church’s life. This book offers a major resource for the contemporary Church.
978 085244 918 9