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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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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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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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Novena of Trust in God

Novena of Trust in God

Prayer. It is a chance to take a step back. To breathe deeply. To take in the sunshine of God's grace. To see things from a different perspective. To learn from the saints. To receive from God....It could happen in these weeks that the continuous stream of new revelations appearing in the news and the enormity of the sadness at what has happened could make us wonder about the future of the Church or worry about whether our faith will fail. We might be concerned about our children or fin...
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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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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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Jesus, Please Come to Us

Jesus, Please Come to Us

When all feels dark and hope is hard to find, remind us, loving God, that you are closest to us at the points where we most need you. For nothing, nothing at all, can take us away from your love in Christ Jesus. Amen.Angela, Great Britain♦ — ♦Dear Lord, the numbness still remains, the memories play and replay in our minds. We go through the motions but nothing has the same meaning anymore. With lives destroyed, is there now unmeaning? Yet, I sense a new spir...
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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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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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