Guest blog from Clarissa Sutter, a voice for the oppressed. Last week I attended the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit with over 400 people from 30 states and seven countries. We gathered to learn, network, and discuss the seamless connections between all forms of sexual exploitation. The packed days were eye opening and emotionally taxing, but I left Houston with a burning fire. I have been inspired to join the movement to defend dignity. One of the most striking experiences from the week was the personal friendship that formed between my roommate and me. She is a rape survivor, former porn star, and brothel owner. With a bubbly personality and a determined spirit, she explained that she’s been free for over three years. She devotes a majority of her time speaking about her experience and the successful aftercare of Refuge for Women. In a short video produced by Fight the New Drug she recounts, “I remember hating when clients would say love you Angela. I’m like please anything but that. You can do anything to my body, but not say that you love me. Love was a word that messed me up big time.” Why did the word love have such a strong affect on her? According to St. Thomas Aquinas, love means to will the good of another and is an affirmation of one’s personhood. “A person is an entity of a sort to which the only proper and adequate way to relate is love.” My friend
OK, big deal, you’re a Christian. God is in your heart…now what?
Loves Like a Hurricane is the true story of a Catholic turned agnostic turned Christian through a wild web of odd encounters while running from a hurricane-like God. The journey carries you down many paths while God whispers and shapes a young heart until He kicks the door wide open with a disaster of biblical proportion, changing everything.
Loves Like a Hurricane is a hard hitting, feet to the fire tapestry that will make you laugh, cry and force you to think about how you will respond when God whispers your name. It reveals how God’s loving grace turns apathy into compassion into action.
Yes, BIG DEAL, you’re a Christian…now do something about it!