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A Spiritual Path from Darkness to Hope: Devotions for Your Time in Psychiatric Care

by Chaplain Deb Forstner  |  02/19/2021  |  Prayer Resources

About this Devotion Book: I minister on the psychiatric unit of a hospital as chaplain. This particular ministry has been an interest area of mine for many years, for both professional and personal reasons. People hospitalized on the unit where I work often have requested spiritual reading materials. Because so many admitted to a hospital due to mental health needs have made suicide attempts or are experiencing strong suicidal ideation, I wanted the devotional to be direct in addressing this and similar concerns.

As a result, I wrote this book for 7-days of devotions, with a prayer to say at the time of and after discharge. Besides chaplains, this resource is something pastors could print and bring along when visiting a congregation member in the hospital. Another possibility would be using pages from this book in one-on-one pastoral care work by clergy, Christian therapists, or others. Finally, small group facilitators in a community program for those struggling with mental illness could use the devotional as a basis for a seven session small group.

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Stations of the Cross with Reflections on Mental Illness

by Tom Frieberg  |  02/19/2021  |  Prayer Resources

Tom Frieberg, originally from Albany, NY, is a healthcare chaplain who lives in Vancouver, WA. He did his chaplaincy training at the Oregon State Hospital (a secure, inpatient psychiatric facility). He has also volunteered and served on the staff of his parish, St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church, in downtown Portland.

Tom’s work in the parish's outreach ministry provided another opportunity to serve and learn from individuals living with mental illness. Those two ministries—Oregon State Hospital and Saint Andre Bessette -- informed and inspired this Stations of the Cross with Reflections on Mental Illness.

Tom is married and has two grown children, a daughter in law, and three grandchildren. He can be reached at tfrieberg@gmail.com.

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Stations of the Cross for Persons with Mental Illness and their Family and Friends

by the Guild of St. Benedict Joseph Labre  |  02/19/2021  |  Prayer Resources

Meditations by Sr. Isidora, CP - Art by © Dan Paulos - Pamphlet: © Timothy Duff 2020

Printed copies Available from Guild of St. Benedict Joseph Labre - www.guildbjlabre.org

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A Mirror of Compassion

by Joyce Rupp  |  02/14/2021  |  Prayer Resources

Physician of Souls, Healer of Hearts,
create within me an unwavering resolution
to be a reflection of your unconditional love
as I accompany others in their time of suffering.

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