“I no longer felt alone”: Angela Sealana reviews My Peace I Give You

Catholic new-media expert Angela Sealana, who blogs at Inspired Angela, confesses today that she used to think of me as “that chastity speaker.” When she saw that I had written My Peace I Give You, a new book offering a Catholic spirituality of healing from childhood sexual abuse, her first reaction that it didn’t apply to her situation. Yet, she writes, “I wondered: Would the book do me any good?”

Her answer: “YES.”

God recently worked through a book to facilitate my journey towards healing and renewed hope.

Before dating my wonderful husband, I was involved in a poisonous relationship for over two years. That relationship still triggers painful flashbacks, and left me with fibromyalgia — the now constant physical reminder of the emotional stress I experienced for too long. …

When I began reading this book, I felt like I was fighting a solo battle to hide and forget wounds that constantly ate away at my peace. When I finished the book, I no longer felt alone. I became convicted that God wanted me to face my struggles, and that both He and His Bride the Church had victoriously preceded me in that encounter.

I strongly recommend this empowering book to anyone who has experienced pain and needs healing. [Read the rest in Angela's blog entry: "If you hurt, read this book."]

As I have said elsewhere, I believe that people who have suffered trauma as a result of abuse—particularly those affected by sins committed against the family and against the dignity of the human person—are going to be vital members of the next generation of Christian witnesses. Their witness will be particularly powerful because, having experienced their own Passion, they have risen to new life through faith in Christ. So I am very, very thankful, not only for the healing that Angela is experiencing in Christ, but also for her having the courage to share her witness with readers, so they will know that they too are not alone. That is how healing spreads!

  • Robert

    Hi Dawn, I wrote this a while back: http://www.therecord.com.au/news/in-depth/50-shades-of-porn/

    One acquaintance, a practising and devout Catholic, saw the article and told me, as an aside and in a very matter of fact kind of way, that they had been abused by a priest as a child.

    I was so glad to be able to mention your book and to obtain a copy for them. Thank you for writing it.

  • Dan Waldron

    I was in a Catholic Orphanage the first 7 years of my life.My mother was too young to raise me on her own,and she gave me up at birth,while having me in a Catholic Hospital.While there I was abused not only by the priest,but all the boys were subject as well to that,and older boys sexually abused the younger,and were in league with the priest to gratify themselves in that way.Shame on them all.It took many years for me to adjust to normal relationships with other males.I cannot tell you how horrible it was.
    Nevertheless,I found rich faith in Jesus Christ,and He healed my wounds which no doubt as long as we are here on this earth,we will have trials that include the aftermath of trauma.
    I sinned greatly in my life,so that has taught me to realize that judging others will not heal the deep wounds in one’s life.So I forgave what was done to me in that orphanage and beyond.My sins,show me that I am capable of evil,and would need forgiveness as well,what goes around comes around,how true is that statement in regards to each and every one of us.None of us are born without sin!
    Thankfully we have a sure and blessed hope in Christ.I am thankful to God for any testimony of faith in the delivering power of Christ,as Dawn shares of her own life.How great is our God!


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