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Dancing Spirit

The Alvin Ailey Dance Company put a full season online this year. The Dancing Spirit program offers homage to the...

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Mental Health Articles

Models of Addiction Treatment

Why would survivors and their families care about the different ways addiction is viewed and treated? Most importantly: Many survivors have relied on alcohol or drugs to cope with pain. Understanding views – and biases – helps identify your best...

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Antidote to Solstice

Winter equinox challenges everyone one’s mood and mental health. One of the best protocols is free, and rises every day, sets every night.  Sunshine offers many benefits for physical, mental, emotional, and psychological health. The positive impact is well documented....

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Bipolar at Home

BPHope is a hub of excellent, practical advice for flourishing through smart management of your diagnosed bipolar or borderline condition. Especially helpful for those you love is the section dedicated to caregivers. It includes articles from parents, children, siblings, spouses,...

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Recovery Articles

Male Child Victims

Dave Pittman is the Director of Together We Heal and part of the Safeguarding Initiative Team at GRACE. Pittman teaches churches, schools, and families how to talk with their kids about sexual abuse, how to better identify predatory behavior, and...

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Fallen Idols: Alice Miller & Me

The final article in The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas When idols fall, we expect to be shocked, but with Alice Miller there was no surprise. Her dominance in my recovery had eroded over time. Her...

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Unique & Unnoted

Men who have been victims of sexual abuse experience both the trauma and the aftermath in unique ways that remain little understood. But that is beginning to change. One in six men in the United States have been sexual abused...

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Families Articles

Bipolar at Home

BPHope is a hub of excellent, practical advice for flourishing through smart management of your diagnosed bipolar or borderline condition. Especially helpful for those you love is the section dedicated to caregivers. It includes articles from parents, children, siblings, spouses,...

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Domestic Violence

Why do you keep going back? Survivors of child abuse often find themselves in dangerous adult lives, including addictions, sexual acting out – and most often domestic violence. To heal we begin healing the “today.” To help us heal, sometimes...

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Talking to an Abused Child

What if a child has been abused? What if you suspect abuse? The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a world leader in finding and caring for minors who have been lost, possibly abused, or indeed abused or...

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Faith Articles

Rosary for America

October 7th the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offered a virtual rosary for all of America in this time of pandemic and suffering. For those of our readers who are close to the rosary, here is a link to...

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Grieving My Dog

Grief is on the mind and heart lately, with a fresh new intensity, as I let go of my dog Finnegan Quinn after his recent death. It occurs to me that grief is the nature of life in a fallen...

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When My Dog Died

RIP Finnegan Quinn June 22, 2012 to September 4, 2020 17 Pound Force of Chaos Indomitable Clown, Master Cuddling Champ Well Done, Little Beast. I Return Your to Your Creator with Gratitude, Humility, and Grief. Finnegan Quinn, my emotional support...

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Arts & Letters

Dancing Spirit

The Alvin Ailey Dance Company put a full season online this year. The Dancing Spirit program offers homage to the Black American Gospel Hymn and its influence in dance and the arts. With a special focus on resilience in suffering,...

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Liminality

Christmas can intensify the strain and tears and defining disappointments in our relationships. Can this darker side of Christmas offer us a gift, too? There’s an important reflection here. The Christmas miracle itself is about restoring the fundamental, existential relationship...

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Special Delivery

Presenting a Healing Voices Special Delivery: Instead of a couple dozen Christmas cookies, here are a couple dozen insights into the darkness that often visits us midwinter, during the holiday season – and after. What makes night within us may...

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Leadership Articles

Since McCarrick

A Reflection The McCarrick Report struck me as a blip in the news. Coverage was commendable, but strangely brief. A few news groups are using it as a starting point; that is a good sign. Yet, the first news of...

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Needed: Clergy Speaking Wolf

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas Bishops are committed to meeting with survivors of abuse by clergy in accordance with The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, a document ratified by...

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Restoring Relationships

A Free Online Seminar Relationships, Strong Connections, & Mental Health in the Church The strain and pressure on people’s everyday relationships are mounting—and it’s not always clear where people can turn for help. Barna, in partnership with the Boone Center...

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History Articles

Alice Miller & The 12 Steps

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas One of the most dynamic social trends which embraced the ideas found in The Drama of the Gifted Child and all other Alice Miller books was the surging...

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The Self-Improvement Trend

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas Another trend that welcomed Miller’s new ideas in the 1980s was a growing demand for self-improvement, which had already become a national pastime. Here people committed time to...

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A Whole New Era of Therapy

This continues The Healing Voices Series on Alice Miller: Icon & Ideas Alice Miller’s book, now known as The Drama of the Gifted Child, became an icon of the self-help and recovery book market. One reason is that it hit...

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Round Table

ROUND TABLE Peace Circles: Voices, Stories, Peace

This Healing Voices ROUND TABLE offers four essays to create a powerful testimony for the peace created when circles of adult survivors of clergy abuse gather together. My one qualification for introducing these four points of view is that I...

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Bishops' Mass of Prayer and Penance, A Round Table

On June 14, 2017, the United States Conference for Catholic Bishops opened its Plenary Assembly in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a Mass of Prayer and Penance related to praying, also, for Healing of Survivors of Clergy Abuse. The homily was preached...

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Marie Collins's Resignation, A Round Table

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION Question Around the Table: What’s Your Response to the Resignation of Marie Collins from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors? FYI: Marie Collins’s statement on resigning, as posted on Twitter, is here. Mike I was so...

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