Soul Food for Sundays

A Reflection for The Fourth Sunday of Lent (27th March) 2022

27th March 2022
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

The Author: Brian Murtagh C.S.Sp.
calendar_today Date: February 27, 2022 - 2 minutes read

‘Jenny*’ was a young woman I met through my role as an Addiction Counsellor. Unfortunately, her story is the reality today for many people, particularly women, struggling with addiction.

Jenny had emigrated to England and experienced a lot of domestic abuse from her partner who was taking illicit drugs. She became co-dependent. She had a child and, seeking to escape the abuse, left with another man to live in his home city. She had a second child. Again, she experienced domestic abuse and, additionally, racism.

Eventually, she made her way back to Dublin and stayed with her extended family who looked after her children. However, her family could not cope, and her children were taken into care.

Jenny too struggled to cope; she ended up homeless, living on the streets, and became addicted to illicit drugs.  She began counselling and was doing very well. She got a little flat on her own but once again experienced abuse.

Jenny died in her flat during the pandemic. May she rest in peace.

Where has Jenny gone? She has emigrated again. This time to her true home with Christ, to her Merciful (Prodigal) Father and Unconditional Lover.

*      Not her real name. 

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Brian Murtagh C.S.Sp.

Ordained in 1971, Fr Brian did pastoral ministry in Sierra Leone for a decade and a half. Returning home, he served in Fatima Mansions. He has been a counsellor in Ireland for many years, in Ardbraccan and, subsequently, in Dublin with RADE Addiction Counselling Centre (Recovery through Art, Drama and Education), a project that supports people in recovery from addiction.