One of the most powerful ways that care can be incarnated and stories can be told is through ritual. We know and understand that water, bread and wine, together with the word of God, tell God’s story and sacramentally bring us forgiveness, life and salvation. We know that oil and touch and prayers draw us into God’s healing mercy. We know that candles lit in prayer help us to more fully understand light defying despair. We know that marking ourselves with the cross of Christ reminds us, sometimes against all external data, who and whose we are.
From “I Believe You: Care with Survivors of Sexual Violence,” by Charlene M. Rachuy Cox, from the June 2016 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, who died around 540.