webathon novena this year was shared with people all over the world!
For us it was an incredible experience of solidarity as we shared in the
needs and desires of each one of you who prayed with us or who followed
through the newsletter, Youtube Live, or Periscope.
want you to know that even though the nine days are over we have not
stopped praying. All your intentions are in our chapel before the
Blessed Mother and in November we will move them to the Divine Master's
Altar where we traditionally have a basket of names to be remembered in
the sisters' prayers and the Novena of Masses for loved ones who have
passed into eternity.
are extremely grateful that you made it possible for us to provide our
Seniors, the community and the publishing house with a generator before
winter hits here in the Northeast. Thank you to all who contributed.
Every one of your names will be in our chapel and in our hearts for
months to come.
in the back row, against the wall, was a hand hesitantly lifted for a
question. I invited her to respond. “Doesn’t forgiving someone over and
over again,” asked the woman in a subdued voice, “invite them to keep
hurting us?” She had been a regular attendee during a parish program on
forgiveness I had been leading, but had never spoken until then. Tonight,
however, we had been discussing Jesus’ teaching that we should forgive
those who offend us seventy times seven times, and she had raised an
obvious and necessary question.
I was glad she
had asked it and sensed that, for her, the matter was not just
theoretical; it was personal, and perhaps painfully so. She had a
burdened look about her, as if she were carrying a great weight on her
back. I couldn’t help but wonder if she was a victim of domestic abuse.
In my answer, I wanted to assure her that we can seek to forgive someone
while acting to protect ourselves from additional harm. “We can forgive
from a distance,” I insisted, “the people we should keep at a
distance.” Forgiveness is not the same as reconciliation.
or not my questioner was a victim of domestic abuse, I’ll probably
never know. However, it’s quite possible that she was, as are an estimated 100 million Catholic women around the world.
And men can be victims too. Sometimes the abuse takes the form of
domestic violence. At other times, as the U.S. bishops stress in their
excellent 1992 document, “When I Call for Help,” the abuse is
psychological, economic, or spiritual. But regardless of the form it
takes, domestic abuse is painful—excruciatingly so—and under no
circumstances can it ever be justified.
We can forgive from a distance the people we should keep at a distance.
one clear message that needs to be communicated during October,
Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, which is observed both in the U.S.
Catholic Church and the nation at large. “When I Call for Help” is
essential reading for any Catholic seeking to grasp the realities and
dynamics of domestic abuse, and is available to download for free at www.usccb.org.
Among other things, “When I Call for Help” does an outstanding job of
addressing some of the spiritual struggles faced by domestic abuse
struggle likely faced by the woman in my Lenten gathering can be put
this way: “If someone repeatedly hurts me but keeps saying they’re
sorry, do I need to remain with them, even if they’ll probably hurt me
again?” The answer, according to the bishops, is a resounding “No.”
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