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Do You Know This Girl

like so many teen girls everywhere
alone even with others in the room

Look at this girl, really look at her, do you "know" her, have you been her at some point in your life?  Do you see her in the halls of your children's High School?  Is she your babysitter?  Is she the altar server at your Church?

I can tell you from personal experience I have seen this girl, even been this girl! We all suffer sometimes in our lives and sometimes we suffer because of our life.  So many can relate to my life: a daughter of an alcoholic father who when sober was great and gentle and kind and when drunk you ran and hid.  I was stocked by a man who lived down the street from us was raped by him and two others.  Lived with the shame of being me, and then sought help for all my woundedness and the growth that came because of love, support and hope.  I thank God every day for my mentor Dr. Brown, and my faith.  I thank God for giving my wonderful hubby who loves me like mad.  I thank God for Reconciliation and wonderful priests who showed me who God really truly is.

Mother Therese speaks to this so well: "We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty."

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