Tuesday, July 26, 2016

On bringing dark memories into Christ's light


In this new video, recorded at a talk I gave at a private home, I share how the Ignatian approach of my book Remembering God's Mercy: Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories can help people who have not been helped by popular approaches to spiritual healing.

William Doino, Jr., has praised this aspect of Remembering God's Mercy in his review on the First Things site:
Eden’s approach differs substantially from books on “inner healing,” because it reverses the process often recommended by the latter. Instead of starting with oneself, and trying to recall every painful trauma for God to treat, Eden begins with Christ’s sacrifice, and encourages us to unite our wounds to his, as a means of receiving his infinite mercy. She also places a high priority on the Sacraments—especially Confession and the Holy Eucharist—whose transformative qualities she describes movingly.
Remembering God's Mercy is available from Marytown and all major booksellers.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Listen: The Anderson Council performs my song "Girl on the Northern Line"


Before I was an author, I was a rock historian and sometimes tried my hand at songwriting. One of the songs I wrote, "Girl on the Northern Line," was intended for the Anderson Council, friends of mine who had me pose behind a Viewmaster on the cover of their first album on a brisk Queens morning in 2001.


So it is with great joy that I can announce that, fifteen years after I wrote the song, "Girl on the Northern Line" (listen here) is finally seeing release as one of four newly recorded tracks on the Anderson Council's wonderful best-of CD Assorted Colours. Best of all, pop fans are raving about the album and even singling out my tune. Just today, MyCentralJersey.com reviewer Bob Makin wrote, "Of the four new tracks, the harmonic, innocent-sounding brief encounter of 'Girl on the Northern Line' stands out."

Here is a preview video for Assorted Colours that includes some groovy animation accompanying "Girl on the Northern Line."


What a terrific blessing to fulfill my dream of having the Anderson Council record one of my songs, and to do so as I prepare to enter into my new vocation as a seminary teacher. If MOJO magazine ever does a feature on "Systematic Theologians Who Rock," perhaps now I will be on their short list.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Now available: my dissertation on redemptive suffering

Since I posted the text of my dissertation defense, readers have asked where they can purchase my dissertation. I am happy to announce that it is now available for purchase online. Just go to the ProQuest Dissertation Express website and search for "Goldstein, Dawn Eden" in the author field, or type in the title: "The Mystical Body and Its Loving Wounds: Redemptive Suffering in Magisterial Teaching, Pre-Papal Writings, and Popes' Teachings as Private Theologians, 1939-2015."

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"Dear Jesus ... I choose to suffer this with you"




It is a joy to share the interview that Father Paddy Dunne did with me for his Highlands Radio program "Walking with God" on March 7, during my most recent tour of Ireland. The message I share is that of my latest book, Remembering God's Mercy: Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories, where I write of how we find healing through locating our own wounds in the wounded and risen Christ. I am grateful to Sister Susan Evangelist, who sponsored and organized my tour, for enabling me to meet Fr. Dunne and so many other wonderful people in Donegal, Derry, and beyond.

Monday, July 4, 2016

"Eden's approach differs substantially from books on 'inner healing'"


First Things online columnist William Doino, Jr. has a beautiful and thought-provoking review of my new book Remembering God's Mercy: Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories in which he observes:
Eden’s approach differs substantially from books on “inner healing,” because it reverses the process often recommended by the latter. Instead of starting with oneself, and trying to recall every painful trauma for God to treat, Eden begins with Christ’s sacrifice, and encourages us to unite our wounds to his, as a means of receiving his infinite mercy. She also places a high priority on the Sacraments—especially Confession and the Holy Eucharist—whose transformative qualities she describes movingly.
Read the rest at the First Things website. Remembering God's Mercy is available from Marytown, Aquinas & More, and wherever fine Catholic books are sold.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Watch me teach on St. John Paul II's theology of suffering


I am delighted to share with you these videos of lectures from the final day of the John Paul II Forum's 2016 summer workshop that I taught from June 13-17 at St. Mary's Seminary, Houston, Texas: "Love Unleashed through Suffering: The Healing Message of Salvifici Doloris and Its Precedents in Catholic Tradition."

The videos marked "III" and "IV" are the final two lectures of the workshop (it was eight lectures in toto). Although "IV" is labeled as a continuation of the topic of "Suffering and the Imago Dei," it also concerns how Pope Francis develops John Paul II's theology of suffering. Video "V" is a brief Q&A session.

These lectures draw upon my doctoral dissertation "The Mystical Body and Its Loving Wounds: Redemptive Suffering in Magisterial Teaching, Pre-Papal Writings, and Popes' Teachings as Private Theologians, 1939-2015," which will soon become available through ProQuest. An overview of my dissertation may be found in the prepared text I read at my defense (click here and scroll down to read).

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In addition to my teaching work, I write books on healing in Christ, such as the new Remembering God's Mercy, which I frequently donate to priests, seminarians, and religious to help them ministry to survivors of trauma or abuse. If you would like to help fund these donations, please click here to contribute via PayPal.

Friday, June 24, 2016

New video: "How Divine Mercy Heals Our Memories"


Dawn Patrol readers are telling me that they look for videos of my talks here, so it is a pleasure to add this new one on "How Divine Mercy Heals Our Memories." Recorded June 15 at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, it is based on my new book Remembering God's Mercy: Redeem the Past and Free Yourself from Painful Memories. (Once or twice in the video, I distractedly say I am reading from my previous book, My Peace I Give You, but it is in fact Remembering God's Mercy.) The event was sponsored by the John Paul II Forum.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

I discuss the question of women deacons on Fox News



What to make of the arguments for ordaining women deacons? I discuss the issue with Christopher Jolly Hale of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good on Fox News religion correspondent Lauren Green's "Spirited Debate." The segment is a reprise of the discussion that Hale and I had in the New York Times's Room for Debate.

Here is the full video:


Update, 7:15 p.m.: Thanks, ChurchPOP!

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Some people, perhaps confused by my returning to using my full name, Dawn Eden Goldstein, have been asking if I am married. I have consecrated my celibacy to Jesus's Sacred Heart through Mary's Immaculate Heart, and have never been married. If you would like to know why I have returned to using my full name in honor of my family, see my interview for the Chicago Tribune and my more detailed explanation on The Dawn Patrol.