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Week of Prayer for those Affected by Abuse
October 15, 2016 - October 21, 2016
Abuse of people, particularly of children and vulnerable adults, is terrible sin against the sacred dignity of a human person. Often times this crime goes unreported and people are forced to suffer in silence. Since the year 2000, much progress has been made on protecting God’s children. Still, sadly, there are many people hurting from abuse, whether recent or in the distant path. Bishop Strickland asks the Diocese of Tyler to join in a week of prayer for those affected by abuse beginning Saturday, October 15. All are encouraged to pray the prayer for St. Maria Goretti’s intercession for healing of those affected by abuse and conversion of hearts of all perpetrators. Particularly in this Holy Year of Mercy, we can draw inspiration from the witness of St. Maria in desiring and interceding for the conversion of her abuser.