Healing the Body of Christ: Liturgy, Trauma, and the Works of Mercy
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.
Research Director(s)Ann Astell
Committee MembersJohn Cavadini David Fagerberg
- Doctor of Philosophy
- Doctoral Dissertation
- Theology (THEO)