I am humbled to be part of this project for the healing of sexual abuse in our Church. Paul Turner’s text is stunning. I offer images for all 14 Scriptural Stations of the Cross. I spent a couple of months during our COVID-19 shut down painting these images.
I offer some reflections and explanations of my art in the booklet. Here is my approach to this important and soulful text from Paul Turner: I pray that my fingers covered in paint may help redeem the abuse our children faced at the hands of my brothers.
From Liturgical Press: The Stations of the Cross in Atonement for Abuse and for the Healing of All invites a wounded Church to contemplate the Passion and death of Jesus through the experience of clerical abuse survivors. This one-of-a-kind resource is written and illustrated by priests to foster healing amidst the destruction committed by their brothers. Award-winning author and acclaimed liturgist Paul Turner pairs each of the fourteen scripture-based Stations with powerful quotes from survivors of clerical sexual abuse, and responds to each with profound confessional prayer. Thought-provoking paintings by author, counselor, and liturgist Ronald Patrick Raab, CSC, accompany each Station.
Here is a link to Liturgical Press in Collegeville, MN to pre-order. The booklet will be published mid-December, 2020. I pray that this version of the Stations of the Cross might be at the center of our Lenten prayer for 2021.