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The complexities of healing and forgiveness in the emotional aftermath of traumatic events often result in feelings of isolation in one's faith community. Survivor, Wendy Redroad, offers an innovative program where divine purpose is discovered in the passions. Professional recommendations & inspiration.

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nlighten faith communities to the unspoken needs of the traumatized.
Defend human dignity.
Initiate an affirming forgiveness program.
Foster sustainable transformation.
Yield to mercy--with justice.
 

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What are the passions?

"The passions are the feelings, the emotions or the movement of the sensible appetite--natural components of human psychology--which incline a person to act or not act in view of what is perceived as good or evil. The principle passions are love and hatred, desire and fear, joy, sadness, and anger."

(Compendium CCC, 370. Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2006) The Compendioum's source on this topic is the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:42 AM

Making Your Way Through a Tunnel of Pain

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:42 AM
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:42 AM

That was Gilbert's explanation for vowing to remain celibate in Italy. It got me thinking of the times in my life when I leaned too heavily on people for comfort and ignored God's outstretched arms. Yes, yes, people are important, but not omnipresent.

Why is it so hard to sit still with God and feel the pain? We have mastered the art of praying: "Please, God, take the pain away"; neglecting to tell Him where it hurts and why it hurts. If you had a broken leg, you wouldn't forget to mention it to the doctor. You wouldn't hobble in and ask Him to prescribe something for pain relief without first allowing him to set the broken bone so it CAN heal.

In my experience, pain is a tunnel. I no longer bother asking God to cut a hole in the top of the tunnel to get me the heck out. I take His hand, and we walk through together. When I can't walk, He carries me. I hurt in His arms until I don't hurt anymore. And when we come out on the other side, it is then that I realize He used that time to heal so much more than what I originally believed to be broken.

Give it a try. Start with small increments of time and describe your pain to the Great Physician. Confess the ways you self-medicate. Take His hand. Sit with Him. And Truth will set you free.

"Be still, and know that I am God . . ." (Psalm 46:10 NKJV).

 

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