Let Us Cry Together

A Prayerful Response to the Sexual Abuse Scandal

We are sad. We are angry.  We ache for those who are hurt.  There is a communal sorrow for those who were abused, for their loved ones, and for the broken trust in the institution of our Church.

Words expressed didn’t feel enough.  The response God called us to was to offer all of us a framework to pray:  to bring this sorrow directly to God so that we can each cry out to God and we can discern our response.

We do not have the answer, but St. Ignatius, so wisely, offers us guidance on how to bring our sin and our pain to God.  We will draw on his wisdom over the next four weeks, as we pray together and cry out to God for:

  • Those Who Were Abused
  • The Loved Ones of Those Who Were Abused
  • Our Church
  • The Body of Christ

Week 1: Let Us Cry Out to God for Those Who Have Been Abused

by Becky Eldredge & Stephanie Clouatre Davis

Becky Eldredge

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer.  She is the author of the book Busy Lives and Restless Souls, published in March 2017 by Loyola Press.  With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

Stephanie Clouatre Davis

Stephanie Clouatre Davis graduated from Loyola University New Orleans. Stephanie speaks to adults and teens around the nation at parishes, high schools, and dioceses in various venues including retreats and conferences.  With humor, joy and stories, Stephanie not only fully engages her audiences, but also inspires them to challenge themselves and build a stronger relationship with God. She lives in Covington, Louisiana with her husband Michael and two girls Emma and Abby.