Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” – John 6:53
The child sexual abuse crisis in the Church had me feeling sad and angry and lonely. I felt sick inside. I felt tempted to leave the Church.
Because of the abusing priests.
Because of the church members who did not believe the children.
Because I am an incest survivor.
But then I thought of the Eucharist. I had become Catholic in the first place because of the Eucharist. I couldn’t leave.
If I left, I would “not have life within me.”
So I wrote a book about my childhood and the abuse. I spoke out for the abuse survivors.
And I stayed in the Church. I stayed “home.”
Jesus, thank you for your love. Thank you for the life within me. Amen.
God is Good. WE are His children made in His image and likeness. Thank you for sharing.