Divine Challenge: The Clergy Sex Abuse of a Hermit-Nun and Its Fifteen-Year Cover-Up
Christ the Wall Hermitages ...has not only a unique name, but a unique purpose. It seeks to assist victims of clergy sexual abuse and institutional abuse. The betrayal that is experienced can shatter one's faith and one's life perspective. The concept or image of Christ as Wall has developed and become an expression of my own unique spirituality. Having been abused by a priest and the institution of the Catholic Church, I hope my experience can be beneficial to others. I wish to extend my understanding of Christ as Protector to those who long to experience healing, strength and empowerment in their lives: "Transforming Victims into Victors!"
"A heart-wrenching story, one often taken up by souls who are here to make a big difference in the world, Keri Burnor's memoir is a tale of unflagging faith and persistence in the face of overwhelming adversity/obstacles. Only a truly beautiful spirit can endure what has happened here, to have a heart and soul large enough to take a stand against perpetrators who prey on the innocent people seeking to meet with the Truth of their faith.
As the saying goes, "The Lotus, the most beautiful of all flowers grows from the soils of the darkest adversity" Sister Burnor in my heart is just such a flower.
The Truth will prevail especially in the hearts of the most pure, and it will manifest all around them as a beacon of hope that Divine Will guides us all on this journey to help ourselves and one another. Her experiences and her courage to expose them has helped others in situations of abuse who fear coming forward.
This book was an experience and serves to illustrate how the Divine operates through all of us. It is a powerful and evocative story of growth and opening ever deeper into the Sacredness of the journey.
Blessings to you Keri Burnor on your journey, may its unfoldment lead you to the ultimate Union with the Divine ~ so much more magnificently than you could have ever dreamed possible."
A.M.S. -- Toronto, CANADA
I want to thank you for having me as a guest at your conference last weekend. I have no idea how you do what you do but am so glad and grateful that you do it. You are what I can best describe as a true servant of God and it is my honor, privilege, and pleasure to be a part of this experience of learning from your story. In the short time we've known each other I feel like I've grown exponentially, my confidence (in many areas) restored, and my past vindicated, forgiven, and restored whole.
You've said several things that I've gleaned wisdom from, but the point of vindication and restoration came with your comments about spiritual abuse. That hit me like a thunderbolt because it brought precise clarity to my "story." I quietly wept as you were opening up to the group with tears of mixed emotions. I'm actually quietly weeping as I type this response to you.
You see, you had priests and monks, and I had deacons and trustees at my father's church to deal with. It was so bad that I had to map out a precise time to go to the bathroom to avoid one of them stalking me down and attempting to harass or molest me......I was only a kid for pete's sakes! This does NOT include the many molestation attempts done by family members, so-called friends, and even strangers on the street. I was "damaged goods" for decades behind all of this.
Once I was trapped in a car with a trustee when I was 15 years old, parked in front of my mother's house while he was attempting to molest me; I had to beg for my life for him to let me go. I was so devastated by that experience it took me until I was 40 to comfortably drive in a car with automatic windows and door locks.......I kid you not! Not only did my father (head of the deacon board at his church and region) did nothing when I told him what happened, my oldest sisters and one of my stepsisters told me he was an abuser himself. Keri, I'm telling you things I plan on taking to my grave someday and have told no one else because I see your heart and exactly where you're coming from. I have a sister from one of my stepsisters..........yes, you read that correctly! I've hated that man ever since for what he did unapologetic for any of his actions. Maybe he sought and received God's forgiveness, but he did nothing to help his victims but leave them broken and devastated. I haven't released him in forgiveness yet, but thanks to you, I can work towards it.
You see, you never know who you've touched and how you've touched them; please continue to do as you do. My heart and prayers for your strength, protection, and courage are with you wherever you go. Many times our behavior and habits are symptoms of deeper problems and issues. And it always comes back to the human condition of the spirit and soul, doesn't it?
I now feel free to seriously work on my issues with my confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth because I've spent most of my life searching for them in men, work and other people's approval."
P. G. -- Cincinnati, OH
"A young woman's search for "The Divine" derailed by the Catholic Church. Honest and insightful recounting of the wrongs directed at her by the Church and how she strives to overcome."