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soon as I lie down, I fall peacefully asleep, for you
O God, bring security to my dwelling." Ps
all the press and media attention VOTF does and doesn't
receive in our 24/7 efforts to realize our goals, there
remains a constantly thriving aspect underlying all
that we say, do and try to do - prayer for each other
and inclusive of other.
are pray-ers. It is our tradition. But our praying seems
to be taking on a dimension that is putting our critics
on notice - it is binding us across boundaries of location,
opinion, politics and personal experience. The survivors
have taught us the irrelevance of all that divides by
moving us en masse toward justice. The Church
has taught us the price of separation from Gospel values
and the place of those values among Catholics, by the
public response to morally bankrupt bishops and archdiocesan
hardball legal cowering.
is teaching, too, by learning alongside Catholics everywhere
that we are called to pray as Jesus taught us and to
speak out as Jesus taught us. The promise that comes
of this communal understanding is evident in many places
- among priests who sit in dialogue with laity, among
lay people who sit in dialogue with bishops, and in
the bond that continues to grow stronger between survivors
and laity. Recently, this last was demonstrated again
in the standing ovation VOTF received at SNAP's St.
Louis, Missouri convention in June. VOTF is both humbled
and energized by this resounding "thank you." Our own
thanks to the survivors for all that they continue to
teach us about courage and truth will ring out for generations.
seemed audacious two years ago is now routine all over
the country - lay people writing and planning liturgies,
using as models the Prayerful Voice initiative begun
at the earliest meetings of a fledgling VOTF. You will
read in Affiliates' News of one diocese after another
engaged in VOTF-sponsored healing masses and liturgies
and interactive homilies, all of these animated by support
for survivors, our priests and our Church.
Survivor Vinnie Nauheimer reminds us in his poem, reprinted
here, that the "power of God is still in the pews."
Wherever VOTF representatives are giving witness - St.
Louis, MO or Dallas, TX or New Zealand or the local
parish - the truth of Vinnie's words resonates. Together,
we pray - a tradition that seems better than ever.
L. Thorp, editor
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