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?
Amy Cordon Director, Office of Child and Youth Protection and Victim Assistance Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana The Bible contains timeless patterns and themes that speak to the human spirit like grace, faith, atonement, promises and healing. My favorite recurring scriptural theme is how Jesus often utilizes a particular sequence. In some ways, He’s predictable.… Read More When Jesus Turns Around
Kathy O’Connell, Founder It’s totally amazes me the way the Holy Spirit and God works in our lives. For days, I’ve been writing, deleting and rewriting my thoughts for this issue on child abuse. Finally, deciding to give up this invitation to write, I went to check the mail. Today, in the mail I received… Read More No One Deserves Abuse
Teresa Pitt Green, Founder Delight. A pinwheel is all about delight. It’s defined by action-words like twirling, spinning, whirling, swirling, dancing. It’s associated with favorite things like fireworks, holidays, toys, cookies and even pinwheel-shaped galaxies. Pinwheels really are a fitting image to promote Child Abuse Prevention event such as those our fellow Founder of the… Read More Pinwheels
By Mike, Founder It doesn’t happen all by itself. In fact, if I’m not careful, it can be a real mess. Each year, I must prepare myself for Christmas. By this I mean, I must prepare my heart. I have experienced calm, peaceful joyous wonderment in my family relationships, with my friends, at our parish… Read More Preparing Myself for Christmas
By Mike Hoffman, Founder As chairman of the Hope and Healing Committee of the Archdiocese of Chicago and a childhood sexual abuse survivor, it means a lot to me to be able to write about this Healing Mass. Here in the Archdiocese of Chicago, each year we have gathered together at this Mass to promote… Read More Mass for Hope and Healing
“Blessed Assurance” Listen Here on YouTube From Only King Forever by Elevation Worship “Blessed Assurance” is the best-known hymn by Fanny Crosby, who was born in 1820 in southeastern New York. Her parents mistakenly trusted a false physician to treat an illness in her infancy, so Fanny grew up blind. No one knows how many hymns she wrote. She… Read More “Blessed Assurance”
By Rev. Larry Dowling Over these many years, I have had the privilege of walking with victims of child and youth sexual abuse. Some of those abusers were brother priests. I have also had the privilege of working with some incredible practitioners of healing for victims. A few years ago, I was asked to give… Read More The Call and Privilege of Ministry to and with Survivors