May 22, 2014
“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death.”Anne Frank had risen above, had transcended the atrocities of the Holocaust. You, my friends, are forging ahead, remembering the past, but not letting the past define who you are today. You are building up your hopes on a foundation of healing love.
“If we fail to touch the humanity of students, we have not really touched them at all.”Inspired by his quote, my goal for each of my students was to find her voice and cherish it - then use it to go out into the world and touch humanity.
“Yes, Gitty, I found that when I am myself, I fit in just fine.”You, my friends, have found your voice and speak your truth. You and your courage have touched so many lives, brought so many people to their knees. We cannot begin to comprehend the enormity of your sacred work.
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”You, my friends, have discovered your invincible summer, realizing that you can push back against the world with the stronger force of love.
“What does the LORD require of you? To do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”Every time we light the candle in our mediation circle for the women who are still out on the streets and every time you tell your stories, we are fighting injustice. In Nashville, in Africa, in South America. Even in Asia, that group of sweet ladies from Korea who loved our Holli. We are part of a global movement committed to women’s freedom.
“Dear God, Please help me live my every day through the lens of abundance rather than that of scarcity and that I end the day with more things done than left undone. Amen”That was written by Lisa Froeb in March 2013 three months before her death. We all loved Lisa and miss her deeply. Lisa was a lover of mercy, a fighter of injustice, and she walked humbly with her God. She was a dedicated warrior for Magdalene and Thistle Farms.
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Love heals women, one day at a time; and, love heals family relationships, one day at a time.Thistle Farms is the miracle that my daughter Rachel needed coming out of prison having lost everything in her life. The miracle she needed provided a safe place for recovery from almost 20 years of substance abuse and addiction -- years of treatment, recovery and relapse.