Fr. Larry Dowling, St. Agatha Church, Chicago In my work over twenty-five years as a priest, with over 20 years in two parishes where I followed a priest-abuser, this is the question that will often be expressed from those abused. “Where was God when this was happening to me?” The question is especially poignant when… Read More Where Was God When This Was Happening to Me?
A Poem by Fr. Larry Dowling My prayers these days are like shallow waves Lighting upon heaven’s shore Their voice a whispered echo Of inner longing’s plaintive, restless roar. I yearn that my soul once again be moved, As a sailboat propelled by that wind That brushes across my care-worn face Urging the Spirit’s revival… Read More Metanoia
Sooz Jeson, Founder We, victim-survivors, can be mistaken for the face of an evil which was perpetrated not by us but by some whose responsibility was to teach us about God and what it means to live a holy life. We can also be mistaken for the face of a second evil-sin, the sin of others… Read More Holy Week Wonder
Kathy O’Connell, Founder I often place myself in Jesus’ position as he was betrayed by a loved one, carried His Cross, even fell three times on his journey leading him to a crucial death. It saddens me over and over to know our Jesus endured such pain and endured it all for us. I imagine… Read More Easter Reflections
Teresa Pitt Green, Founder I carried rosary beads for years after I stopped praying them. I carried rosary beads even after I made it clear to God we were no longer on speaking terms. Here’s my simple case for why you should too. In therapy, we all face how portions of our young lives were buried… Read More Rosary Beads
By Charlene and Rick Niemi A priest friend recently told me that I cannot always judge past events through the eyes of “what I know now”. That brings to mind thoughts from 1 Corinthians: “At present we see indistinctly, as a mirror…but when the perfect comes…then face to face.” During this Christmas season if I… Read More God, Face to Face
By Teresa, Founder I’ve made my peace with the agony-half of Christmas. Grief, abandonment, betrayal, fright and pain: they are mixed with happier memories and blessings in my life. Christmas is born into all of this, into my whole life, not just the merry me. Maybe having survived enough darkness at Christmas was the only… Read More Light in Darkness
By Mark I am a recovering alcoholic and a grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous, 18 years sober. As part of my service, I agreed to write this when asked. I will try to share my experience, strength and hope as found in Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s different from speaking at a meeting because I’ve been asked… Read More Alcoholics Anonymous
In America magazine (March 17, 2008), James Martin S.J., wrote an article “Shadows in Prayer,” which reviews a book titled Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta (Brian Kolodiejchuck (ed.), New York, NY: Image, 2009). In social media Fr. Martin asked: “Mother Teresa faced great spiritual darkness in… Read More Darkness or Depression?
By Norbert Krapf If you have something in your past like what I talk about in this recovery memoir and dramatized in poems in four voices in my previous book, Catholic Boy Blues, but feel insecure about dealing with it because you are not a poet or any other kind of writer, I want you… Read More For Survivors Trying to Decide