Keeping Children Safe in Our Churches

Keeping Children Safe in Our Churches

I descended the stairs to the basement of my sister-in-law's church, my four year-old in tow. I joined the line of moms and tots waiting to be signed in for child care during our MOPS meeting. When I reached the front of the line, a friendly young mom entered my family's basic information into their computer system and printed out 2 labels with my … [Read more...]

Suffering and the Heart of God

Suffering and the Heart of God

Trigger Warning: Discussion of abuse and other trauma I think of a passing conversation in which a Catholic man flippantly dismissed a young woman’s current struggles with the comment, “I guess she was molested as a child or whatever.” I think of the spiritually warped responses offered upon the breaking news of Josh Duggar’s abuse of several … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Put the Victims First

It’s Time to Put the Victims First

Photo Credit Trigger warning *** Sitting in the peace of Mass in our little parish chapel, words from the Gospel of Matthew snapped me to attention:  2He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said:'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of … [Read more...]

Fallen {A Book Review}

This book is riveting. It left me shaking my head in amazement. Annie Lobert's memoir, Fallen: Out of the Sex Industry and into the Arms of the Savior, details highlights from her childhood, her descent into the sex industry, the unthinkable torture she endured while being trafficked, her escape, multiple brushes with death, and her miraculous … [Read more...]

To Anyone Who’s Ever Been Abused

To Anyone Who’s Ever Been Abused

I’m writing at God-sized Dreams today, but I felt there needed to be a sort of companion piece here, a part one. Here goes: To anyone who has ever experienced sexual abuse: You’ve been on my heart a lot lately. My stomach’s been in knots for you. Amidst the other depressing items in the news has been (surprisingly minimal) coverage of a … [Read more...]

Wounded

Wounded

Trigger warning: mentions sexual abuse  Today, I'm linking with Bonnie Gray's Faith Jam community. We are writing about the word wounded.   So, here's the thing about wounds. We all have them. It's impossible to go through life without being hurt, either by your own choices or the choices of others. In fact, Jesus lays it out in … [Read more...]