The “Healing of Sexual Abuse by a Priest” blog at csahealing.blogspot.com is closing its virtual doors. Most of the content has been moved here to “Touching Jesus’ Garment” where there is a new beginning.
The new name reflects more comprehensively what the blog is about – reaching out for the healing of Jesus in great faith after suffering a long illness … and receiving His healing.
And behold, a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment; for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well. Matthew 9:21-22
Very often survivors of clergy sexual abuse carry their pain and grief for a long time, sometimes decades. When movement towards healing begins, it can seem so far off. Unreachable. After “wearing” the abuse aftermath for so long, it can seem to become part of us.
The above scripture gives us hope. After suffering for a long time, the woman in the verse was healed by Jesus by simply reaching out in faith and touching his garment. In their culture, her illness deemed her as unclean. As such, she was cast out from society and lived in shame. She literally had to sneak through the feet of the people where they wouldn’t see her to be able to get to Jesus.
It is not that difficult for us. Jesus is available to us in a very real and tangible way in the Eucharist. We can receive healing every time we receive Holy Communion. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a direct encounter with Jesus and is a healing sacrament. Jesus reaches out to us and heals our woundedness. He doesn’t wait for us to reach to him.
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