Spiritual Resources

The ministry of Life-Giving Wounds is focused on spiritual healing for adult children of divorce or separation. Attendees at a Recovering Origins Retreat will experience prayer throughout their weekend, in various forms. We believe that prayer is essential to the retreat and to continuing the path of healing after the weekend is over. Below are some suggestions of spiritual development and prayer resources that can help adult children of divorce or separation continue to grow in their relationship with God, the source of all healing.

Disclaimer: While the following resources are helpful in many respects, their listing on this page does not mean that Life-Giving Wounds endorses or agrees with every aspect or part of these resources. They are offered here in the hopes that some may be helpful to adult children of divorce or those who minister to them.

Have a suggestion? Please contact us and we’ll try to review it.

Books and Articles

33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy by Michael E. Gaitley, 2016

“Carmelite Reflections on Lectio Divina” by Carlos Mesters, O. Carm.

The Discernment of Spirits by Fr. Timothy Gallagher, 2005

The Eight Doors of the Kingdom: Meditations on the Beatitudes by Jacques Philippe, 2018

The Examen Prayer by Fr. Timothy Gallagher, 2006

God is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 2003

Interior Freedom by Jacques Philippe, 2007

Poustinia: Encountering in Silence, Solitude, and Prayer by Catherine Doherty, 2014 (reprint)

The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 2000

Thirsting for Prayer by Jacques Philippe, 2014

“Vulnerability as a Place of Divine Encounter” by Deacon James Keating

Audio (MP3s and Podcasts)

Spiritual Batteries Podcast

Discerning Hearts Podcast

Suggested Prayers

Litany of Trust

Litany of Humility

The Examen Prayer

The Serenity Prayer

Lectio Divina (see second page of this pamphlet)

Ignatian Meditation (see second page of this pamphlet)

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Mary Undoer of Knots Novena

Devotion to Divine Mercy

Catholic Retreats focused on Other Wounds

Unfortunately, we realize that adult children of divorce are often at greater risk for various other wounds in life, so here are some retreat and ministry resources for dealing with them. If you know of others, then please let us know!


“Rachel’s Vineyard”.

Domestic and Sexual Abuse:

“Grief to Grace”.