by Reinhold Niebuhr
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.
Miguel Prats speaks on behalf of male surivors of abuse on I HAVE A VOICE.
Shannon Deitz is a survivor and formed HOPEFUL HEARTS MINISTRY.
(Visit and Subscribe to Shannon's YouTube Channel here)
Blessed Laura Vicuna was born in Argentina. She died following abuse at the age of 13 in Chile in 1904. Short bio on Laura
St. Josephine Bakhita was born in Darfur, Sudan, Africa. Sold into slavery as a child, she died a free woman in 1947. Short bio on Josephine
St. Maximillian Kolbe was born in 1894 in Poland and became a Franciscan.
After the Nazi invasion in 1939, he was imprisoned and released for a time. But in 1941 he was arrested again and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. On July 31, 1941, in reprisal for one prisoner's escape, ten men were chosen to die. Father Kolbe offered himself in place of a young husband and father. He endured two weeks of starvation, thirst, and neglect finally killed by an injection of carbolic acid. Amazingly, he forgave his Nazi prison gaurds. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1982. His feast day is August 14th.