“Blessed Are They”: The Woman at the Well (John 4)
“Among Women” Guest: “Margaret”, anonymously describes her life-long journey from being a victim of sexual abuse* to her eventual recovery and healing. She describes the four steps toward recovery: from being a victim, to being a survivor, to becoming a striver, and eventually, a thriver.
This program focuses on reconciliation and healing both in sacramental ways and in our making peace with our pasts.
*This program contains mature content and is not suitable for children. While no graphic or overt sexual language is used, it does mention sexual abuse of a child, teen and adult.
Links for this episode:
Books on healing and transformation mentioned by Pat:
Retreat programs for women who have faced sexual abuse:
—From Grief to Grace, in PA and British Columbia
—Retreats in the Diocese of Austin, TX, a .pdf file
Find a Catholic therapist HERE.
Article on Recognizing and Understanding the Patterns of Behavior from Sexual Abuse, by CommittedToFreedom.org — also podcasts and retreats found on this site. This is a Christian organization that ministers to woman from all faith traditions.
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