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God Will Never Fail Us

God Will Never Fail Us

Humanity will fail us. But God never will.This is an understanding my parents instilled in me as a young girl. The pain we can experience from people who we should be able to trust can inflict some of the deepest wounds. The injustices we experience in life can keep us from growing and bring permanent resentments, isolation, separation, and even despair. When betrayal or disloyalty or sexual abuse occur in a family and among its most trusted members, the pain is unthinkable. Unimaginable. Unnatu...
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How Little Is More Than Enough

How Little Is More Than Enough

In the midst of the great big crisis we are living through, it isn’t necessarily the great big things we do that will ultimately make the biggest difference.As the apostles huddled together in hiding while Jesus died on Calvary, their world probably felt like it was falling apart in a very big way. The One who Peter had proclaimed as the Son of the living God, the Master who had healed, taught, even raised Lazarus from the dead…their friend…was gone…and the authorities...
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Like Juan Diego We Are Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Like Juan Diego We Are Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

When Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to St. Juan Diego on Tepeyac hill, she asked that a church be built on the site. She told Juan Diego,“I want very much that they build my sacred little house here, in which I will show Him, I will exalt Him on making Him manifest, I will give Him to all people in all my personal love, Him that is my compassionate gaze, Him that is my help, Him that is my salvation.”This church was to be a place of encounter. It is where Christ would be made present...
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Our Identity as Catholics Is Formed in the Home

Our Identity as Catholics Is Formed in the Home

As the Gospel wrapped up, we took our seats and waited with bated breath for the homily to begin. It was the first Sunday after the latest round of news broke, pulling the curtain back once again on a shockingly evil secret within our Church. We sat on the edge of the pew waiting for our parish priest to say something, anything, to help us make some sense of the mess our Church found itself in, and yet to our amazement the topic wasn’t even addressed. There was no disgust, no outrage, no p...
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Where the Light Is Always Shining

Where the Light Is Always Shining

 Hi. Touching the Sunrise has always been the image that speaks to me most clearly about the power of God saving me and the world right now and always, a love I can trust, you can trust, even in the midst of the greatest storms. That Sunrise is truly Jesus the Christ who took on our human reality in every difficult struggle we endure, in every joy that makes us sing.So perhaps you feel tossed about these days as you want to live as Jesus' disciple in the Church, yet are horrified and di...
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Worried? Here's the Phrase That Helped Me (Wisdom From my Mom)

Worried? Here's the Phrase That Helped Me (Wisdom From my Mom)

In my late thirties, I was sitting in my office, the entire building penetrated by an eerie silence. It was the day after 911 and the skies were silent. Uncertainty cloaked the country as the march toward war began.I felt so small, so really all alone, there in my small corner office writing a newsletter and working on a website.Tragedy and uncertainty can isolate us from others. We might lose perspective as larger-than-life problems take over our awareness. The present darkness may seem too big...
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To My Brothers and Sisters Survivors

To My Brothers and Sisters Survivors

A Daughter of Saint Paul who is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse writes a letter to the victims and survivors of clergy abuse
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How Can I Remain Catholic in Times of Scandal? A Nun's Response

How Can I Remain Catholic in Times of Scandal? A Nun's Response

As St. Gregory the Great says, "It is better that scandals arise than the truth be suppressed."Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, once wrote, “How much filth there is in the Church, and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to him!” These heartrending words sum up these times of scandal.People inside and outside the Church have been shocked and outraged by the horrific details of clergy sexual abuse of children, teenagers,...
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Praying Amid Scandal

Praying Amid Scandal

This beautiful prayer is written by Br. Joseph Martin Hogan, OP. It first appeared on the website Dominicana  How do we pray amid Church scandals? One helpful way is to return to the basics: The Our Father. For this meditation, I’ll look to the various parts of the prayer in reverse order.Deliver us from evil — Father, you alone are holy. You alone are pure. The evil within your Church overwhelms me. It is too much for me to understand, let alone overcome. Please ...
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"I Will Save My Sheep"

"I Will Save My Sheep"

Yesterday I walked onto our back porch and sat for a while in silence. The sunshine played across the flowers and the distant shrine of Mary, Queen of Apostles. But the beauty and the light did little to calm the emotions that are tearing at my heart, as they are, I'm sure, at yours.I was stationed here in Boston for the “long great lent” of 2002 after the Globe’s Spotlight report. I never heard the “repent and be saved” nature of the daily Lenten Mass readings ...
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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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