12th April 2019 all-day

Friday 12 April is the Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse. The words of a survivor: There’s still pain in my family relationships. There’s still pain with my siblings. I still carry pain. My parents still carry pain at the dysfunction, the betrayal, the manipulation …that is what has wounded me the most and what I carry with me today. I am doing well now, because I have found hope and healing by telling my story, by sharing my story with my family, my wife, my children, my extended family, my friends, and because I can do that I feel more comfortable with myself and how I can be myself. And I want to ask the bishops for leadership and vision and courage.

Invitation to pray: Let us pray together, acknowledging before our wounded brothers and sisters, the deep shame that no-one was seeing, no-one was listening, no-one was believing.

R: Lord by your Cross and Resurrection, set us free. You are the Saviour of the world.

For more ‘voices’ of survivors and invitations to prayer visit: http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/day-of-prayer-abuse-survivors-120419