This book acknowledges the serious issues involved in this ministry and offers sound and practical advice and support. The author explores the Scriptural basis for pastoral care with a special emphasis on the ministry of Jesus; and how the Church in its history and tradition has developed its own unique spiritual and sacramental responses and resources. Deep and difficult questions about suffering are considered, the mystery of God's love is affirmed, the importance of companionship and hospitality is stressed. Prayer is central to the Catholic approach to pastoral care and the book contains sound and helpful advice and resources, including a series of Stations of the Cross that combine prayer with aspects of illness and grief. The book, written from a Catholic perspective for an Australian audience, will be invaluable for anyone wishing to know more about caring for a loved one or who is involved professionally in ministry within the Catholic community. It is a simplified collection of diverse perspectives, essential information and practical advice in regards to the young, aging, ill, dying and grieving. Dr Margaret Ghosn is a Maronite Sister of the Holy Family.
She graduated as a Doctor of Ministry and has also completed a Master of Theology, Master of Education, Bachelor of Theology and Bachelor of Science (Hons). In 2009, she was appointed Head of Department - Pastoral Theology within the Broken Bay Institute. Currently Deputy Principal at Our Lady of Lebanon School in Harris Park, Sydney, she continues to work extensively within her Maronite community in education, pastoral care and spirituality.
Instrument of Your Peace by Margaret Ghosn was published by Mosaic Press in July 2012. The ISBN for Instrument of Your Peace is 9781743240274.