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What Christ Suffered - A Doctor's Journey Through the Passion

What Christ Suffered - A Doctor's Journey Through the Passion


What Christ suffered during his Passion - for you - is a powerful source of reflection and meditation.

While we know that Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem around A.D. 33, the details of his sufferings and death have been confused and obscured over the past two millennia.   In What Christ Suffered: A Doctor's Journey Through the Passion, Dr. Thomas W. McGovern provides the most accurate, up-to-date understanding of the physical sufferings of Jesus Christ, drawing on ancient Greek and Latin literature about crucifixion, discoveries of ancient images, archaeology, medical reenactment studies, and medical case reports.  This volume corrects decades of myths and misunderstandings presented in books and articles and on websites - myths the author himself disseminated for years until he reanalyzed the data utilizing twenty-first-century advances in modern medicine and archaeological discoveries.

This medical investigation of the Passion allows readers to enter more fully than ever into the reality of what Jesus suffered for our redemption.  Drawing on the teachings of Pope Saint John Paul II in Salvifici Doloris, this book invites the reader to a deeper understanding of the meaning and value of human suffering - and how to practically apply it in their lives.  By his sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus has won salvation for the whole world, redeeming even our sufferings through his incredible act of love.

Softcover, 327 pages.


A message from Dr. Thomas W. McGovern

As you read this book, I want your learning about the Passion of Christ to be more than just a mental massage, more than satisfying curiosity, even more than learning how to meditate more deeply on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.  I want this book to help you love Jesus more.  I want your reading of this book to lead you to more effectively exercise your baptismal priesthood so that you can do good by your suffering.  And finally, I pray that by reading this book you will be inspired to do good to those who suffer.





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