meaning of talitha-life

Why is our residential program for women named Talitha-Life? The name “Talitha” comes from the Gospel of Luke (Luke 8:49-56):

From the Gospel of Luke

“While Jesus was still speaking, someone arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, ‘Your daughter has died. Do not trouble the Master any further.’ But Jesus had heard this, and he spoke to the man, ‘Do not be afraid, only have faith and she will be safe.’ When he came to the house…they were all weeping and mourning for her, but Jesus said, ‘Stop crying; she is not dead, but asleep.’ But they laughed at him, knowing she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called to her, ‘Child, get up!’ And the spirit returned and she got up at once. Then he told them to give her something to eat.”

The Aramaic translation of “Child, get up” is “Talitha, kum.”

At Saint Luke Institute this phrase refers to the potential of this young woman to grow and change, and to the potential of each of our clients to do the same. Life in its fullness will be restored to her and she will be transformed, becoming whole in her person.