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 | By Danielle McGrew Tenbusch

Trusting in the God of healing this new year

A new year is a time for establishing new habits and practices, such as exercising or finally keeping the garage organized. It can also be a time to reflect on the places in ourselves and in our lives that need a little “something.” The places that are, perhaps, wounded or stunted. We all have them.

Yet our God is a God of healing, of wholeness. While I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions, we can always prayerfully ask the Lord how he is calling us into a deeper relationship with him. What barriers might be preventing us from that deeper relationship? And do we need to pray for an increase in trust that the Lord can truly heal us?

Healing can take many forms. I invite you to learn about the opportunity to encounter the Divine Physician through Evenings of Healing on page 22, followed by a column about the Biblical basis for the sacraments of healing. You’ll also see how the damage done to a grotto at Holy Spirit Parish led to the space being made even more beautiful. God, who uses all things for good, can take what is broken and make it whole again— or even better.

And with God, amazing things can happen. Hearts change! As we approach the Lenten season, we pray for those who are catechumens and candidates who will receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil. In our cover story, you’ll meet Derek and Ashley Shetler, who were welcomed into the Catholic Church last year. Since then, their family has found great joy in living an authentically Christian life.

May we, too, find great joy in living an authentically Catholic life and allow the Lord into our hearts to give us the healing he so greatly desires.

To Jesus through Mary,


Danielle McGrew Tenbusch serves as editor of Great Lakes Bay Catholic magazine and is the marketing and admissions coordinator for the Office of Catholic Schools.