By His Wounds We Are Healed

By His Wounds We Are Healed

The title for this series of reflections is based on the words of the prophet Isaiah [53:5] promising the healing of Israel; words which Peter echoed, referring to Christ, in his first letter, “By his wounds, you were healed.” [1 P 2:21-25]. Peter’s joyful proclamation may harken back to his remorse for having denied the Lord on that fateful Holy Thursday night. But, when Peter confessed his heartfelt love for Christ on meeting him after the Resurrection, the Lord forgave him, lifted him up with His mercy, and gave him the mission for the ages: “Feed my lambs, feed my sheep!” [Jn 21:17]. Peter understood that the gift of God’s super-abundant love and infinite mercy had been poured out for humanity through the open wounds of Christ on Calvary, and so in these reflections we, too, will ponder the love, mercy and forgiveness that flow through the Sacred Wounds of Christ. Picture Because there will be many reflections to follow, they are organized in three major sub-headings: 1) the Sorrowful Wounds of Christ which he endured on Good Friday, 2) the devotion to these merciful Wounds which has found its expression in a devotion to the Sacred Heart, and more recently in the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and 3) the Glorious Wounds as they are retained in the body of the Risen Lord [cf. Jn 20] and which gave rise to his apostolic mandate that we forgive one another. We offer these meditations, conducted in the style of a directed retreat, in the hope that they will serve as a spiritual guide throughout the year. We hope they will encourage you to see that the circumstances of everyday life provide us with an opportunity to lift up our hearts in hope in God’s infinite Mercy, made manifest in the healing Sacred Stigmata of the Resurrected Christ, our Lord and Savior.

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December 20, 2018 10 min
In this episode of Conversations with Dolan, Fr. Joseph Henchey, CSS, talks about his show Duc in Altum, hosted by WCAT Radio.
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Episode 41: In this reflection, Fr. Henchey brings together the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the devotion to the Sacred heart in the recent theology of the Church as a way of encouraging a contemporary contemplation of this great mystery of God’s love. October 8, 2018.
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Episode 40: Fr. Henchey explains that it was the love of God--Father, Son and Holy Spirit—that made the universe and who is constantly reinventing it. We have been given the devotion of the Sacred Heart to inspire us to a deeper understanding of the Trinity and a fuller grasp of divine mercy to be which we must share with one another. October 1, 2018.
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Episode 39: Fr. Henchey continues his reflection on the way God reaches out to us, focusing particularly on the role of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity and on his Redemption of humanity. The more that we are able to be reflections of his loving redemption of humanity by showing mercy and forgiveness to others in our daily lives, the more we participate with God to make of everyday a new creation. September 24, 2018.
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Episode 38: In this reflection, Fr. Henchey focuses on the “ad extra” dimension of Trinitarian Love and shows how creation, redemption and sanctification flow from the essential nature of God in the three persons of the Holy Trinity. September 17, 2018.
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Episode 37: Continuing on in his discussion of the mystery of Divine Love as revealed in the icon of the Sacred Heart, Fr. Henchey explores the way in which this Love is essentially Trinitarian. He divides his discussion into the “ad intra” and “ad extra” workings of the Trinity and shows how the “ad intra” love within the Trinity results in the “ad extra” “relics” we call the Sacraments. September 10, 2018.
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Episode 36: In this episode, Fr. Henchey concludes his discussion of the Biblical foundations of the Sacred Heart and finishes with an exhortation to unite our daily lives to the sacrifice of Christ. Aired September 3, 2018.
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​Episode 35: While the idea of the “Sacred Heart” of Jesus is not revealed in Scripture per se, it has developed through the centuries in the minds and hearts of the saints and mystics and was finally articulated by St. Mary Alacoque. The Sacred Heart is the heart of the Church itself and is a symbolic expression of the bond between the humanity of Christ and the vitality of the Church. Aired August 27, 2018.
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Episode 34: Focusing now on the foundations of the devotion to the Sacred Heart found in the New Testament, Fr. Henchey discusses the personal, limitless and always available love of God through Christ for his people individually, not just for a people more broadly, as we see in the Old Testament. That personal love leads directly to the development of the natural symbol of the Sacred Heart to which many people over the generations...
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Episode 33: Fr. Henchey rapidly surveys the Old Testament psalms and prophets, uncovering their references to the loving heart of God and to the Suffering Servant whose own loving and pierced heart will bring salvation to mankind. The loving heart of the Messiah is the central key to the mystery of redemption and the ultimate return of man to the arms of the loving God who made him. Aired August 13, 2018.
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Episode 32: Continuing his exploration of Ps 119 and its description of the heart of God, Fr. Henchey weaves in the work of the French theologian, Paul De Meesteer and his work, “Rediscover the Sacred Heart.” ​Aired August 6, 2018.
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Episode 31: In the next few episodes, Fr. Henchey will uncover the Biblical background for the devotion to the Sacred Heart. He begins with an analysis of Psalm 119 and in a more personal reflection, gives us an idea of how this psalm influenced the spirituality of his own Founder, St. Gaspar Bertoni. Aired July 30, 2018.
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​Episode 30: In this episode, Fr. Henchey concludes his direct exploration of the pierced side of Christ and begins a focus on the Sacred Heart devotion with a reference to Deuteronomy 7:7 (“the Lord set his heart upon you”) and Matthew 11:29 (“Learn from me for I am gentle of heart”). Aired July 23, 2018.
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​Episode 29: Continuing his summary on the open side, Fr. Henchey explains how important it is to contemplate the weaknesses of Christ which culminated in the defacing of his body after death. Nevertheless, in that weakness and through his open side, Christ gave the world the treasures of divinity. In our lives, the Eucharist constantly renews Christ’s great sacrifice with the promise of hope. If we “put on the mind of Christ,” we ...
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​Episode 28: In this episode, Fr. Henchey summarizes this long series on the on the healing wounds with an emphasis on the kenosis and the constitutional filiation of Christ which continually renews the face of the earth. After this summary, Fr. Henchey will begin a new chapter in this series focused on the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Aired July 9, 2018.​​
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​Episode 27: The third theological dimension of the mystery of the open side is Christ’s constitutional filiation with the Father. Fr Henchey explains that this is shown in the way that Jesus, the beloved Son, is always turned toward God, His Father. In this way, we can see a glimpse of the mutual indwelling of the Most Blessed Trinity. Emphasizing the writings of Cardinal Ratzinger, Fr. Henchey shows that the prayers Jesus prayed ...
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Episode 26: Here, Fr. Henchey focuses on the second theological dimension of the mystery of the open side: Christ’s complete abandonment to the will of God. He shows how this is reflected in our own lives in the “thy will be done” petition of the Our Father. Further, he shows how the saints who lived through the “dark night of the soul” did so by trusting completely in the mercy of God and abandoning their will to His. In the same ...
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​Episode 25: Fr. Henchey begins an excursus on the three theological dimensions great mystery of the open side of Christ: Jesus’ filial obedience to the Father, his complete abandonment to the will of the Father and his constitutional filiation with the Father. In this reflection, Fr. Henchey explores the first of these three dimensions, examining it Biblically as well as through the eyes of ancient and modern theologians. ​June 1...
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​Episode 24: In this episode, Fr. Henchey develops the idea of Christ as the perfect sacrifice, once and for all. He is the perfect priest and the perfect victim, granting us the gift of eternal life. Again, he compares the torn temple veil to the opening of the side of Christ, giving us the gateway to his Sacred Heart. June 11, 2018.
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Episode 23: Here, Fr. Henchey gives us more on Heb 9:1-14 comparing the old law and the new, the old liturgy and the new, and the old sanctuary and the new. June 4, 2018.
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