Charles Francis' review of Anne Lastman's remarkable book Redeeming Grief (April AD2000) inspired me to purchase a copy.
I found it refreshing to discover a faith-filled lady sharing so positively in the healing ministry of the Church. Priests are called 'wounded healers' (Hebrews 5:1-5). Anne, too, although she doesn't share the power to dispense grace and forgiveness, can be called a wounded healer, as she shows others (over 1,000) that forgiveness is available and real because she has been there, knows their pain, and knows the embrace and forgiveness of a loving and merciful Jesus.
Anne's book is a classic - it should be in the hands of every bishop, priest, deacon, seminarian, doctor and politician. Maybe AD2000 readers could provide some of the above-mentioned people with a copy. Hopefully some of my brother priests might insert a copy of Charles Francis' review of Anne's book in their Parish Bulletin. [Editor: An excellent idea].
FR RAYMOND WELLS