Paperback: 207 pages
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press (May 17, 2016)
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Many authors are compelled to write on grief, sorrow and the meaning of suffering but without a firm foundation in the Catholic faith, they are bound to go astray. Jeannie Ewing stamps her new book with the authenticity of the collective wisdom of the Church, the visions of the mystics, countless encounters with the suffering of others and the witness of her personal experience as a mother.“From Grief to Grace, The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph” (Sophia Press, $13.69) reminds us that secular psychology is unable to correctly deal with the tremendous and universal experience of grief. Only the conviction that grief and suffering are part of each one’s encounter with the cross of Jesus can it be explained (and understood) in all its fullness. Ewing does this faithfully and convincingly with chapters on the redemptive value of suffering and the message of Divine Mercy.Any family caught in the clutches of incomprehensible difficulties would do well to read this book which delivers profound supernatural truths in a comforting style.We do well to remember, though, that not only intense grief but every day difficulties—challenges in our family obligations, the effort to concentrate when tired or distracted, our own foibles and the foibles of others—are an invitation to encounter the cross of Jesus. Referring to the painting that He had asked of St. Faustina, Jesus told her, “My gaze from this image is like My gaze from the cross” (Diary, #326). Jesus grimacing in pain on the cross is easy to imagine. Jesus overcoming his physical and moral suffering with such control over his body and emotions that He serenely and joyfully embraces His Father’s will is so far out of our comprehension that He has to tell us Himself, multiple times in the Twentieth Century.
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