Browsing: clergy abuse

Source: Seeds of Hope – Orthodox Christian Healing & Counseling A recipient’s reconciliation journey with SEEDS of HOPE, Orthodox Healing & Counseling. Looking out the window one day she saw a red cardinal bird pecking at the glass. It harkened her back to youthful days. As a child, she was told that the red bird was rarely seen in the area. If one says a prayer when infrequently spotted, that bird was Christ’s helper and would take those prayers directly to HIM. The bird is red because it represents the blood of Christ. As a child, it sounded plausible to…

Source: Seeds of Hope Spiritual/Clergy abuse occurs when a person in authority fosters a sense of guilt in people in order to manipulate or control them. If a person in ecclesiastical authority has a false sense of himself, his poor self-esteem gets expressed through a distorted understanding of his role and position. Jesus warned us about this. We read in Matthew 20:25-26 these words: But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among…