Mass of Healing for the Victims of Abuse Homily
We come together today on this Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows to pray for healing and forgiveness, penance and reparation, mindful of the horror of sexual abuse in all its evil forms, but especially of children. A major reason we must do so is that in the midst of all the recent turmoil in the Church focusing on priests, bishops and internal politics, too often neglected, even forgotten, are the innocent victims whose lives have been changed forever because of the violation of trust and chastity by representatives of the Church Jesus Himself instituted. We pray in a special way today for the innocent victims, for their families, especially parents and spouses. Often their loss is silent but never ending.