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“Do we believe that Jesus can heal us and bring us back from the dead?”—Pope Francis
Healing, in a word, is resurrection. “He forgives all your iniquities, He heals all your diseases, He redeems your life from the pit, He crowns you with steadfast love and mercy” (Ps 103:3-4).
Here retreat master, Ignatian trained spiritual director and author Kathleen Beckman offers a guide for a personal or group healing retreat based on Divine Mercy in Scripture and in the lives of the Saints. Beckman skillfully helps us to see how the “rays of divine mercy” heal families, marriages, the sick, poor, suffering, friends, enemies, laity, clergy, our vocations, doubters, believers, those with diabolical suffering, sinners, saints, the unborn, the elderly, children, the Church and the whole world.
Each chapter concludes with a “profile in mercy” – a reflection on a saint who was a vessel of mercy – including Blessed Mother Teresa, St. John Paul II, Cardinal Francis-Xavier Nguyen, Venerable Conchita Cabrera, St. Maria Goretti, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Gianna Molla, St. Faustina, St. Peter and the Virgin Mary.
Also contained in this book are scriptural spiritual exercises for healing:
- From unforgiveness to forgiveness
- From fear to trust
- From anxiety to peace
- From shame to mercy
- From pride to humility
- From powerlessness to prayer
- From sin-sickness to the Eucharist
- From spiritual weakness to the Beatitudes
- From worldliness to works of mercy
- From spiritual warfare to Christ’s victory
- Healing the culture through works of mercy
Believers long and desperately need to encounter the living, joyful, truthful majestic face of the Father of Mercy—healer and lover of humanity. These pages lead to a healing encounter.
Imprimatur: Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, J.C.D., D.D.
Bishop of Orange, September 23, 2015