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

Doctoral Dissertation


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.


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Author Sheila McCarthy
Contributor John Cavadini, Committee Member
Contributor Ann Astell, Research Director
Contributor Nathan Mitchell, Research Director
Contributor David Fagerberg, Committee Member
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Theology
Degree Name Doctor of Philosophy
Defense Date
  • 2015-11-05

Submission Date 2015-11-30
  • Augustine

  • Liturgy

  • Theology

  • Virgil Michel

  • Trauma

  • Aquinas

  • English

  • Ade Bethune

  • Dorothy Day

Record Visibility Public
Content License
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