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Why I Love the Church: Sharing the Good News with Children During a Time of Crisis

Why I Love the Church: Sharing the Good News with Children During a Time of Crisis

As a cradle Catholic who has fallen in love with my faith more and more as I’ve grown older, breaking news of sin and scandal in the Church breaks my heart. It breaks even more when such acts are committed by people who minister in the name of Christ and of the Church. I weep for the evil that has slithered its way into what is good and holy.Saint Paul tells us, “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? … I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers...
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Meeting for the Protection of Minors in the Church: What you need to know

Meeting for the Protection of Minors in the Church: What you need to know

Dear Friend,This morning at the Vatican, Pope Francis opened The Meeting for The Protection of Minors in the Church. This three-day meeting will include Pope Francis and the presidents of the world’s bishops conferences, as well as others in the highest positions of responsibility in the Church. Through this meeting, all of us are called to be in solidarity above all with the victims, with their families, and with the ecclesial communities so wounded by the scandals.Lend an ear and listen ...
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Articles and Websites that Offer a Faith-filled Perspective

Articles and Websites that Offer a Faith-filled Perspective

A regularly updated list of helpful articles and websites that offer a truthful, faith-filled perspective on the clergy abuse crisis.
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Pastoral Tool for Addressing a Church Crisis: Listening and Prayer Sessions

Pastoral Tool for Addressing a Church Crisis: Listening and Prayer Sessions

A Listening/Prayer Session offers one way for a parish or parishes to gather people together to express their concerns and to offer them a model of how to pray through what they are experiencing. A model and downloadable guide for such a session is offered here.
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Reproducible Tri-Fold for Parishes and Groups

Reproducible Tri-Fold for Parishes and Groups

In this painful time in the life of the Church, we are each deeply affected by the unfolding revelations of sexual abuse by members of the clergy, and cover-ups or lack of prompt action by those who should have stopped it. It is Christ who suffers among us: in our survivors, our scandalized, our vulnerable, our children, those whose faith has been shattered. Even while we acknowledge what has happened, it can be difficult to accept or grasp the scope of the abuse and the depth of suffering of th...
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What Do I Do with My Anger? How a Community of Faith Can Help

What Do I Do with My Anger? How a Community of Faith Can Help

One of the most powerful aspects of the Catholic Church is that it is a community. We’re known as the “community of faith,” and our liturgies and sacraments reflect that emphasis.And can I just say, it’s a good thing? Because, historically, the Church has had to contend with a great many problems, challenges, and even tragedies, difficult and trying times that no member of the community would be able to survive alone, without the support of Christian sisters and brot...
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Hour of Eucharistic Adoration in Reparation

Hour of Eucharistic Adoration in Reparation

St Paul reminded the Romans, "Where sin abounded, grace abounded all the more" (Rom 5:20). Even in this sorrowful season when we see the Lord and his lambs betrayed by those to whom he entrusted the flock, sin will not have the last word. “The victory that conquers the world is our faith” (1 Jn. 5:4). It is faith that draws us to the Blessed Sacrament in a spirit of reparation, to united our hearts with the stricken, but Risen Heart of Jesus and offer a positive counterweig...
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Litany for Healing

Litany for Healing

The sexual abuse of one child by a member of the clergy is one tragedy too many, but we are gradually becoming aware of the scope of this sinful tragedy: thousands of lives have been shattered by the very people who were supposed to stand in the person of Christ.As the one Body of Christ, we all share in this brokenness, each member to a different degree. Jesus Christ, our Head, wants to bring healing, light, and grace to each of us and through each of us. In this difficult time, let us turn to ...
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Simple Steps for Processing Your Feelings

Simple Steps for Processing Your Feelings

In every tragic situation, God offers us a light to guide us through the darkness. These simple steps can help you discern how God is speaking to you right now. Acknowledge the full range of your experience: body-mind-soul-spirit. Choose an image, word, or value which expresses your experience.   Give voice to your experience through the words of the Psalms: Psalm 10 – “Why, O Lord, do you stand far off” Psalm 13 – “Will you forget me forever?’ Psalm ...
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Download and share this free resource for deepening our faith and living out our call to bring healing, protection, and justice in this time of the unfolding revelations of sexual abuse within the Church. (Free reproducible for parishes and groups!) 

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United with the Blessed Mother at the foot of the cross, we offer our media efforts and also daily Mass, Eucharistic adoration, and sacrifices in reparation for evil and for the building up of each member of the Body of Christ. 

 

  

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