HEAR OUR PRAYERS
In light of the sexual abuse scandals recently brought to the attention of the Church, people have begun to pray unceasingly for those affected by this tragedy, both directly and indirectly. Hearts are hurting, lives are being altered, and unfortunately the act was done by a trusted leader of the Church. Where do we turn to at a time like this?
A victim of sexual abuse has stepped forward and, choosing to remain anonymous, has provided a prayer for our parish to use for the healing of our universal faith community in this desperate time. When all hope seems lost, God gives us a small light to hold onto, allowing us to grow even stronger and be stretched well beyond what we thought we were capable of.
Lord, we pray for the victims who have been violated and abused by anyone affilicted with the Catholic Church. We pray for their healing. We pray for deep comfort. We pray that you will restore their mind, body, soul, and spirit of what has been stolen and broken from them. Rescue them from bitterness and shame and may you reveal your all powerful love in the present and in the future to them that they may feel healed with the balm of your compassion. What seems hopelessly shattered, in you can be fully redeemed. May they see that the Church is loving and you are willing to give back life and life abundantly. We know there is great pain in this world. There is injustice. There is evil. As a community of faith, we turn to you and cry out for help and healing with the victims and their families as well as for those who have caused these very sinful acts. We ask that your perfect expression of love and goodness be found in the shadow of this great wickedness. For those who have suffered, come to them tenderly and with overwhelming and powerful love and compassion. Grant us courage, wisdom, humility, and grace so that everyone may act with justice and find peace in you. We ask this through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen!
Mother of Sorrows, pray for us and all victims.
Written by a victim of sexual abuse (c)2018