I thought these two letters from the Archdiocese of Detroit burned in an apartment fire we had a couple of years ago. These are the letters an Archdiocese will send to adults who were child victims of sexual abuse by a priest. One of the letters gives an update about the predator priest, explaining if he’s dead, excommunicated, etc. The other letter gives a formal apology from the Catholic Church.
I experienced many years of nightmares, waking up punching and crying, addiction, self-sabatoge, and homelessness. I didn’t find the courage to talk about what happened to me, for me. God gave me the courage to talk about what happened to me, for others.
When I speak about the healing road of the sacred, seventeen inch walk from our head back to our heart, it’s from experience. God and I walked it together from victim to survivor to thriver to victory and freedom. It’s a walk I am honored to be able to take youth and young adults on every day in my full time calling. I’ve experienced and witnessed too many miracles to be a skeptic. Healing and miracles happen when we support survivors and allow them to be their own experts, because we can only be experts of our own experience. And my experience is that God truly can and will bring full restoration and healing when we are surrounded by other miracle-minded, God-serving individuals who don’t look upon others as broken, but look upon others as breaking through to a whole new level of healing (posttraumatic growth) that will empower them to share healing with countless others.
~ Walk in Beauty,