Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ratzinger: "Redemption is ... more than psychotherapy"

If I had to condense the message of my new book My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints into a single paragraph, it would look a lot like this one I just discovered from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI):

"The momentous moral questions of our age, which beset young people in particular, find their proper place only within the context of belief in God, the trinitarian God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and only within the context of faith in the incarnate Son. Within this framework it will also become obvious that redemption is more than the fight for political utopias and more than psychotherapy. For we cannot shoulder the responsibility that the ethical challenges of our life impose on us if this responsibility is not supported by the redeeming love of God which comes towards us in the cross" (A New Song for the Lord, 35).

Not everyone who has suffered childhood sexual abuse will need therapy, but all who have experienced evil need to know the healing love that is found only in Christ and His Church.

Photo by Dawn Eden.