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Healing the Body of Christ: Liturgy, Trauma, and the Works of Mercy

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posted on 2015-11-30, 00:00 authored by Sheila McCarthy

In the face of guilt and shame afflicting the morally injured, psychology has acknowledged there must be spiritual healing. Although trauma is a new area of concern for theology, theologians have addressed the suffering caused by interpersonal violence for a long time. This dissertation shows how Aquinas, Augustine, and leaders of the Liturgical Movement (Virgil Michel, Dorothy Day, and Ade Bethune), offer a robust sense of mercy, accessed through the Eucharistic Liturgy, and practiced in the Works of Mercy, which allow those who have experienced trauma to know their deification.

History

Date Modified

2017-06-05

Defense Date

2015-11-05

Research Director(s)

Ann Astell

Committee Members

John Cavadini David Fagerberg

Degree

  • Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Level

  • Doctoral Dissertation

Language

  • English

Program Name

  • Theology (THEO)

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