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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Serious Trouble: Cutting

In light of the prayer request I got thinking about some of the kids who are in trouble.

I have never, ever been to a parish that hasn't had kids in trouble. The naive would say that the troubled kids are in the inner city or blue collar churches. My last parish was a very high income place with over worked kids and college entrance rate of about 90%. And we have kids in significant trouble

One such girl was from a solid Catholic family, she was very involved in Church, very involved on our leadership team, very strong and informed about the Faith.

And she cut herself. Arms, legs. Anything to relieve the pain that was inside her.

This article from Youth Specialties is quite good on this topic and the author also gives some other reading material. We cannot fool ourselves and think that we only deal with the "good kids" , or be afraid to go into the darkness and bring the Light.

Make it a point to read this article. The information and wisdom here is insightful.


Anonymous another youth minister said...

I just have to tell you that this post was so helpful to me. When I got to work in the morning I had an email from a kid asking if we could talk later in the day. I of course said sure. Then in the course of the day I saw this post of yours and I knew instantly that this kid wanted to tell me she was cutting (even though I had no reason to suspect it). While I was familiar with cutting reading the article a few hours before talking to her really helped. Thanks and please pray for this student as she has a lot of brokeness and pain in her life.

12:00 PM  
Blogger TCYM Lounge said...

You BOTH will be in my prayers

4:14 PM  

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