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
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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?
Kathleen Wilson Do you ever start noticing words or phrases or quotes keep popping up in your live so often that you begin to think of them as a message? A message that arrives to relate to your life and then moves you to send your own message out? This has been happening quite a… Read More I Thirst
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
Deacon Phil Franco, PhD “And Jesus wept.” The verse we just heard in the Gospel, the shortest verse in the entire Bible, is to me, also among the most mysterious. Since I was a little child the verse confused and fascinated me, as I wondered this: Why would Jesus, who is God, who knew that… Read More And Jesus Wept
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