If you have experienced abuse, know that you are not alone in your suffering. Grief to Grace participants share their experiences below in the hopes that their stories might inspire others to seek healing.
I am a 55 year-old man, married for 33 years, and the father of 5 children . . . Even though I received professional counseling for [abuse in my childhood], I continued to suffer from the feelings of shame, isolation and loneliness. It seemed that these things were never going to change.
I had never revealed my own abuse at the hands of a priest that started with the "grooming" process in 1980 and culminated with the first physical, sexual contact in August 1982 . . . I was paralyzed with fear and confusion. And of course, which is typical, I blamed myself.
I am a 48 year old mother with three grown children and three aborted children in Heaven . . . Once I arrived, with much fear and trepidation, and began to enter into the [retreat] process, I cried tears from depths I didn't know I possessed.