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
By Miguel Prats In this article, I describe how faith is important for healing after abuse. I hope Victims Assistance Coordinators, who are trying to find ways to help survivors in their care, will find these ideas inspiring and useful. So many survivors are alive in their bodies, but their souls are starving, withering or… Read More Listening, Saints and Miracles
By T. Pitt Green It all began when I was planted in front of the television in vigil with millions around the globe as Pope Saint John Paul II passed through his transitus. With fractured ankle propped up, I was surfing the web about the event when I happened upon the Office of Victim Assistance.… Read More Soar Like Eagles
By Frank Sauer My best advice to anyone seeking God’s will in healing is to be aimless, like I was aimless when I happened upon a brochure that changed my life. I came to my faith journey through a remarkable series of grace-filled events. It all started when, from the ages of eight through twelve,… Read More Be Aimless, Find God
By Father Lewis S. Fiorelli, O.S.F.S. “Forgive us our trespasses and we forgive those who trespass against us.” How those words from the Lord’s Prayer must sting each and every time they are said by an adult victim of child sexual abuse. Forgiveness of the abuser and those complicit in any way in the abuse… Read More Forgiveness: Is It Even Possible?
By Miguel Prats The Maria Goretti Network (MGN) is a self-help support network for all victims of abuse. Our model is based on the Twelve Steps but our meetings are very different from AA and NA. MGN understands that survivors need to experience the healing power of Jesus Christ. We claim the victory Christ promises us. At the… Read More The Maria Goretti Network
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?
Have an intention weighing on your heart while you are home alone or sitting at your work desk? Thanks to the internet you have a simple way to reach out for help from prayer warriors all over the world. Here are four top U.S. options. The Nationwide Center for St. Jude Devotions in Baltimore, Maryland,… Read More Lighting Candles and Praying Online
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa
By Deborah Rodriguez, MD In telling my story, I draw upon the Scriptures–especially the Gospels–for meaning, context and strength. The story of Mary Magdalene at the tomb (John 20:11-18) is one that has helped me tell my story. Mary Magdalene had been healed by Jesus (Luke 8:2) and, after experiencing her healing, never left Christ’s side, even walking… Read More Maria Goretti Network: A Ministry to Survivors