The Epiphany is a source of grace and understanding for Christians, particularly Catholics who are unsure about those of us abused by clergy. Here are three reasons why. Perhaps you’ll be inspired by this brief read to rethink how you relate to survivors of abuse who are … Read More Fellow Travelers
Fr. Lewis S. Fiorelli, OSFS, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Vienna, VA The relationship between an adult survivor of child sexual abuse and God is fraught with many challenges, not the least among which is prayer. How can adult victims pray to God when God was not there for them while they were being… Read More PRAYER: A CHALLENGE FOR SURVIVORS
Kathy O’Connell, Founder Prayer is powerful and it’s free. Our God calls us to talk with him, find comfort through him and to continue praying through song and prayer. So, I offer this prayer: Heavenly Father, we ask that you watch over all your people. You’ve created each one in Your own image, Your own likeness,… Read More SURVIVOR PRAYER: MAY WE FEEL YOU HERE
Sooz Jeson, Founder Dear Lord, As your beloved Saint Francis said, Make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there has been the sin of abuse committed against so many, may the love of You in my soul feed my fellow survivors with compassion. Where there remains injury from abuse that is hard to… Read More PRAYER-POEM IN THE FRANCISCAN SPIRIT
Teresa Pitt Green, Founder We have wept. We have screamed. We have groaned. We have trembled. We have cringed and keened and fumed. We begged God, bargained with God, tried to outsmart God, and rejected God. We tried to outrun God. We tried to hide from God. We held a clenched fist toward heaven in… Read More IMPOSSIBLE PRAYER
Deborah Rodriguez How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Ps 119:103-5) My walk as a survivor of child abuse (including clergy sex abuse), … Read More SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS: Lamp to My Feet, Light to My Path
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?