After several substantial setbacks I’m back! My absence illustrates that life is a journey and on this journey we’re going to experience obstacles along the way. Naturally some are going to be more challenging than others to overcome, but it’s got to be one foot in front of the other at some point; ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ as they say. However, it’s important to not overlook that there are successes, too, and give ourselves credit for those.
Changing the subject. This is the first blog that I’ve ever started and I expect it to be a learning process for me along this journey to be more effective. Something occurs to me; many people may not want to read long blogs. This poses a dichotomy; how to share my story and thus help others without being too wordy? An obvious solution is to be more concise, get to the bottom line quicker. But in doing so sacrifices more in depth ‘discussion’ that might be of benefit to others by helping them to relate with my story. I’m not sure how to reconcile the two, brevity -vs- depth of thought.
A couple of solutions that I am considering is to encourage readers to send me a message so that we can explore topics in greater depth. The other solution may be to have shorter but more frequent posts. What do you think? We’ll see how it goes and adjust as needed.
I really appreciate the comments from readers. Keep ‘em coming. Besides, it helps me to not feel all alone.
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 !
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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!