Transforming Trauma: The Power of Touch and the Practice of Anointing

Mindy Makant

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/2014

Issue: Identity and Community (Vol. 34, No 2, Spring, 2014)

The practice of anointing—though not a magic eraser by which the marks of violence can be purged—is both a proclamatory act that announces the redemptive and healing work of Jesus and a performative act that not only begins the healing of the individual wounds of the body of the one who suffered violence, but also of the wounds that violence inflicts on the body of Christ.

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