This is a comment I posted on another blog.
It was in response to a lady seeking a way forward after the abuse she suffered at the hands of the mercy order in the USA.
(Oil painting by: Henry Blackmore)
Whilst I feel for you I was also with the sisters of mercy, and I can honestly say that in those years the seeds of goodness was planted in the core of my heart
I have nothing but fond memories of the Nuns in Killarney (the Sister of Mercy)
It is only what happened after I left the Nuns, My spirit stopped growing.
If it were not for the kindness and caring received in Killarney I would not be alive to-day
I was sent to the Christian Brothers in Tralee and Artian My childhood died then!
I marched along the streets of Dublin yesterday but all the time I was conscious that not all the members of the religious orders were Monsters, they must be so terrible sad to see all their life’s work tarnished by the few rotten apples that were amongst them.
I have found that there is no satisfaction in harbouring Hate and revenge.
Carrying around bitterness all your life is just wasting time and a form of self torture!
It is with the act of kindness that I learned from the Mercy Nuns of Killarney all those years ago that I can live for the present and have hope for the future
After all I have my own children now and nothing could take away the happiness I have received from then!
Showing my children that I have a positive outlook and a new hope for them and all the children to come is a much better reason to go on!
Best wishes to you