It’s been very encouraging that I’ve gotten emails, even phone calls from folks I know giving me encouragement, assuring me I’m on the right path, keeping my expectations in check; even lunch offers. LOL. It warms my heart.

But allow me to encourage you to write that in a comment on my blog. “Like” a few times here and there.

It makes a difference. It matters.

Thanks for reading.

Wishing you much love and peace,


“Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” ― Mother Teresa

Pope Francis, I appeal you to meet the needs of survivors of clergy sexual abuse by making reparations commensurate with the damage, emotional or otherwise, caused to survivors. I have ideas on how to do this. If you can’t do this, then I respectfully ask, on behalf of the Church, you to stop receiving communion until such time that the Church does. Because until the Church does, it will not be in communion with the saints. Sincere contrition is meaningless without reparations in kind. Demonstrate to the world that the Catholic Church is catholic; that is, the Church Jesus established with Peter as the rock, the first pope; that the Church practices what it preaches.

Ps: Have words of encouragement or a testimony to share? Does/has this blog helped you in some way? Know of additional, valuable resources? Suggestions for topics? Post a comment or you can also send me a private message by using the “Contact” page on my website or message me on FB.

Consider sharing this blog with others. Victim/survivors of abuses, more often than not, carry this burden silently alone, not knowing how to deal with it or where to turn, but need hope. Loved ones and caregivers also need support. We never know who is or wants to reach out for help. This blog might be of help to caregivers and loved ones of abuse. Silence is deadly and if together we are able to help or save just one life, isn’t that worth it?

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It has been great to meet and talk with you Matt… I look forward to reading long or short versions of any topic, story, thoughts or emotions you touch on.. I hope they help other survivors in their healing journey.. I know talking about it helps me.. be well !

Fellow survivor Mike

The other day I shared a story on FB about losing two teeth in an accident, and someone said everything isn’t everyone’s business. I said, it was a burden and shame I was holding onto and I no longer wanted to carry it. God told me to turn over my burdens and turn them into … Continue reading Tamirra H.

Tamirra H.

In reaching out to others, you are Christ’s hands. It takes courage and broad shoulders. I will continue to pray that the Holy Spirit guide those open hands into a thriving ministry…Don’t let yourself fail prey to discouragement. It may be your calling. God bless you!

Kathy H.

8 thoughts on “Encouragement

    1. I just started my blog a few days ago on the 12th. LOL! People tell me I’m pretty smart, and I guess I am because it didn’t take me long to get it up and running, and looking pretty good. But this is my 1st blog. I’m glad you like it and if there is anything I can do to help you, just ask and I’ll see what I can do. God speed! – Matt

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      1. In such a short time you have lot of articles 🙂

        After choosing write path what I need to do to remain walking in right path and don’t distract by external entities like glamour, beauty etc.


        1. So, I think what you’re asking is how to not be distracted by our desires of the flesh? Right? Oh, my, that’s a great question and it is something that everyone struggles with. If someone looks like they don’t struggle with it, it’s either because they hide it real well, or they’ve been practicing self denial for so long that it has become second nature to them. Most people probably fall somewhere in the middle. It’s awesome that you’re asking, because that’s an indication of what your desire is, to resist temptation. But to answer your question more specifically, let me refer you to some websites that deal with this very topic in better detail than I could: Six Ways Not to Fight Temptation and Fighting the Good Fight: Resisting Temptation

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          1. Ohh! Thanks for taking time to give me answer! You are doing great 🙂
            And I hope this article will give me what I want to know 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I’ve been so good at not telling my story for so long, running from it, trying to hide from it, struggling with depression, and more, that I never, ever would’ve believed I’d be telling the world about it. But, the calling from the Holy Spirit was so powerful that I had to answer. I pray that it’s not all nothing, but then I’m expressing a bit of insecurity, aren’t I? LOL. Regardless, it has been very freeing. I don’t know how to describe the difference that it’s making in my life. I have hope now; something that I’ve been lacking for a very long time. Still, sometimes I have the sensation of being in that dark, dark place and it scares the bejevees out of me. I don’t want to go back.

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