“In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.”
— St. Bernard of Clairvaux
OUT OF THE DEPTHS
I CRY UNTO THEE
The Society of Our Lady, Healer of Hearts was founded in 2018 by J. Basil Dannebohm. A native of the plains of Kansas, over the course of his career as a writer, speaker, and consultant, Dannebohm worked with an international clientele from a broad range of industry.
Accustom to a fast paced, jet setter, on-the-go lifestyle, Dannebohm's way of life took a dramatic turn in the summer of 2012 when he was diagnosed with post encephalitic extrapyramidal disease, resulting in clinical parkinsonism. Trading the corporate world for his, "new normal," Dannebohm focused his attention on speaking engagements where he would address such topics as economic development, social media engagement, and collaborative approaches to business and community. In 2015, he briefly served in the Kansas House of Representatives. His short-lived political career and subsequent attempts at public service caused Basil to be admired by some and sharply criticized by others.
“Never before had I felt so empty, so alone. My life was on a chaotic downward spiral,” said Dannebohm. “I felt like I had no one on earth left to turn to for guidance. Then it occurred to me - the guidance I needed wasn’t of this earth.”
After years of what he calls, “chaos and confusion,” Dannebohm says he began to finally experience a sense of peace when he refocused his attention on prayer.
Through prayer, he realized how empty he was. It was at that point, Dannebohm called on the Virgin Mary, “imploring her to come to his aid, begging her to heal his heart.”
He began to read books about Marian devotion, such as, “True Devotion to Mary,” by St. Louis de Montfort. One book, “The Marian Option,” by Dr. Carrie Gress, particularly resonated with Dannebohm, who while in office, became, “dismayed” by what he observed as intense, and rapidly increasing, division in government, religion, and the private sector.
“We have arrived a dangerous point in human history,” said Dannebohm. “We are witnessing an increasing disregard for human life, resulting in a significant uptick in violence, poverty, religious persecution, racism, ethnocentrism, divisiveness, and despair. In this age when hopelessness seems to be the new normal, I knew I wasn’t the only person feeling lost, depressed, and in a sense, resentful. I realized that no matter what may divide us, Our Blessed Mother’s powerful intercession and Her Son's Divine Mercy can bring about conversion of heart, healing, and an increase in peace and understanding.”
Compelled by prayer, Dannebohm established The Society of Our Lady Healer of Hearts, an international prayer group of Catholic men and women, comprised of members of the clergy, religious, and the laity who pray that Our Lady will heal the hearts of the world, filling them with unceasing love and abundant forgiveness to fully experience Our Lord's Divine Mercy.
While not an official epithet of The Virgin Mary, “Our Lady, Healer of Hearts,” is a title Dannebohm hopes will foster a renewed sense of devotion from those who need to experience the same healing he did when he turned to the Blessed Mother in prayer.
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