Resources for spiritual, mental, and emotional healing from Ave Maria Press

Receive Christ the Healer into Your Heart

The Gospels are filled with stories of Jesus healing those around him, not only reconciling them back to the Father, but also more immediate healings of their mind, emotions, and body. God wants to make us whole, and Christ's earthly ministry shows us how he reaches us in our brokenness.

Christ's healing ministry didn't end at the Cross, or even his Resurrection. His mercy and love still overflow in the Church, and his arms are open to all who suffer from trials great and small. Ave Maria Press has collected the best resources to bring you closer to Christ and to find the healing and peace he longs to give you.

 

NEW Catholic Resources for Inner Child Healing

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Our inner child remembers hurts experienced in our youth, whether they are traumas or trials, even if we try to stow them away. It doesn’t matter how much time passes or how mature we become; such hurts can eventually cause friction in our daily lives, casting a long shadow over our relationships with ourselves, our loved ones, and our God.

Written in a compassionate and pastoral tone Brya HananBefriending Your Inner Child invites you to venture deep into your heart and befriend your hurts, emotional wounds, and childish behavior—or in the world of psychotherapy, your “inner child”—to reclaim your truest self, experience inner wholeness and healing, and strengthen your relationship with God and others.

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Start Your Healing Journey with These Reads

Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life by Bob Schutchs

Be Healed with Bob Schuchts

First published almost ten years ago, Be Healed has established itself as the classic guide to spiritual healing. Based on the popular program at the John Paul II Healing Center, this book offers hope in the healing power of God through the Holy Spirit, the sacraments, charismatic spirituality, scripture and Church wisdom.

Now available as a commemorative hardcover, as well as in paperback and Spanish!

Do You Want to Be Healed?: A 10-Day Scriptural Retreat with Jesus by Bob Schuchts

“Do you want to be healed?”

Jesus asks that question several times in the Bible—of the woman at the well, Bartimaeus the blind man, the woman caught in adultery, the rich young man—and he asks the same of you as well.

Do You Want to Be Healed? is a 10-day personal retreat that uses a healing process similar to the one found in the author Bob Schuchts’s bestselling book Be Healed.

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Series for spiritual, mental, and emotional healing from Ave Explores

Join host Katie Prejean McGrady and special guests—including Bob Schuchts, Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN, Leticia Ochoa Adams, and Heather Khym—as they share personal stories of healing and help you understand how the Lord can heal your familial wounds, addictions, grief, and trauma.

Series to help manage stress and anxiety and maintain mental health from Ave Explores

Katie Prejean McGrady and experts including Leah Darrow, Tommy Tighe, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, and Scott Weeman help you explore a variety of mental health topics such as addiction, forgiveness, grief, mindfulness, therapy, and spiritual direction.

Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, journeys through lent with her book Restore on Ave Explores

Join Ave Explores to experience a healing journey for Lent with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, and her book, Restore, where you will meet the tenderness of God’s mercy and the power of his love as you practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. 

5 Keys to Experiencing God's Love and Building Healthy Connections with Others

In Leaving Loneliness Behind, licensed Catholic therapist Regina Boyd helps you build the skills you need to have meaningful, rich, and rewarding relationships with God and those around you.

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More Books for Healing, Mental Health, and Well-Being

When a Loved One Dies by Suicide: Comfort, Hope, and Healing for Grieving Catholics by the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers, Deacon Ed Shoener, and Bishop John P. Dolan

Healing after a Sucide Loss

When a Loved One Dies by Suicide was written by Catholics who have lost a loved one due to suicide. The contributors share their personal stories of loss, of learning to cope with the grief, and of discovering hope as they began to move forward again.

Are you a pastoral leader who wants to better help those suffering from a loss by suicide? Learn more about Responding to Suicide.

St. Dymphna’s Playbook: A Catholic Guide to Finding Mental and Emotional Well-Being by Tommy Tighe

Mental Wellness with the Saints

Tommy Tighe wants to help you on your journey to mental and emotional well-being, not only through self-care, healthy coping mechanisms, and professional intervention, but also through prayer, scripture, and a relationship with the saints. St. Dymphna’s Playbook combines a therapeutic approach with the Catholic faith and spiritual practice, exploring paths toward hope, healing, and wellness.

Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: A Field Guide for Catholic Parents, Pastors, and Youth Leaders by Roy Petitfils

Helping Teens to Heal

Do you struggle to know when it’s appropriate to step in to help a teen who seems stressed, anxious, or depressed? In Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Roy Petitfils—a Catholic author, speaker, and psychotherapist—offers his personal experience, advice, and faith to show caregivers and spiritual mentors how they can be the presence of Christ for teens in crisis.

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