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NEW! The Spirit Fire Global Broadcast

The Spirit Fire Global Conference on Abuse and Faith has just announced its final, brand new schedule, which includes two new broadcasts that have already started.  THE FIRST BROADCAST  “Our Stories, Our Faith, Our Church” will be broadcast on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, starting at 9 am and ending at 12 pm (Eastern Time). The...

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Mental Health Articles

Parish Inclusion & Mental Illness

Including survivors of abuse who must manage acute or chronic mental illness involves some intentional planning - and in the process opens up activities and services to the many people who share these diagnoses unknown.

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Healing Ambivalence in Relationships

By Rev. Kenneth W. Schmidt, MA, LPC, NCC On the path toward recovery, or before recovery efforts have even begun, many survivors experience some degree of difficulty engaging or maintaining relationships. Understanding the underlying dynamics in this struggle can help...

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Recovery Articles

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as...

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Stoic’s Guide to Anger

Can anger be controlled? Should it? Is it really temporary madness? Here is a Stoic’s Guide to Anger, written by Massimo Pigliucci, Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York and published an article in Aeon worth a...

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Coping with Unwanted, Negative Thoughts

By Teresa Pitt Green In cultivating a well life, the struggle with unwanted and negative thoughts is real. We took a look at 25 articles that offered ways to win that battle and highlight a few of the best ideas...

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Families Articles

Mental Illness in Families

The American Psychological Association has published a helpful list of things that family members can do if they suspect a loved one may be struggling with a mental illness. Mental illness may be situational and temporary (e.g., during a global...

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For Parents: Get Smart

Basic Guidelines for working with a child or teen to ensure they are empowered to remain safe from sexual and other abuse.

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Sanctity of Life

Presenting: The Global, Universal Argument for a Safe Environment for Little Ones and the Vulnerable In Three Words SANCTITY OF LIFE Teresa Morris Kettelkamp When I worked in Rome for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Commission received...

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Faith Articles

Heartfelt Healing

Healing Amidst Coronavirus Crisis 3/22/2020  Michael D. Hoffman, Founder Healing from my wounds of childhood sexual abuse, I take comfort in regular and predictable routines at home, work, socially and at Church. With the Coronavirus, the shelter-in-place order, the near-constant...

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The Empty Tomb: Survival

Wina Schaufler, Survivor When asked to write a heartfelt essay on why children shouldn’t endure what we survivors have, the image of the empty tomb popped in my mind.  As an early childhood clerical abuse survivor, and now a beyond...

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Darkness. Light. Media.

By Teresa Pitt Green This is a personal reflection on darkness, light, and media (or, forgiving the colloquial, “press.”) On the one hand, it offers an overview of the spirit behind best practices in organizing prayer services for healing from...

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Arts & Letters

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as...

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The Plague

By Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder Sometimes it’s great going back to college for a class discussion reminiscent of the time before life becomes conscious of the experience of abuse – before one is left to face its lifelong aftermath. In...

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Prayer After Childhood Trauma

By Rev. Kenneth W. Schmidt, MA, LPC, NCC One of the difficulties some survivors of childhood trauma encounter is difficulty in their relationship with God.  They have very mixed and perhaps confusing feelings about God. On the one hand, they...

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Leadership Articles

Lay People in Action

The Movement to Restore Trust is a lay organization in the Diocese of Buffalo whose model for discussion and engagement is worth a look.

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Light in Darkness

Kathy O’Connell, Co-Founder * Living with clergy abuse has been a challenge for me, as I’m sure it’s been for other victim survivors. The PA grand jury report that was recently released has set our media and Catholics on fire...

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Pontifical Commission – Status Update

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, led by new chair Cardinal Sean O’Malley, met in the middle of April for the first time. Some good news that came out of the first meeting was a new focus on...

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History Articles

We Must Continue to Do More

Jennifer Samartano There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. (Nelson Mandela, May 8, 1995) Recently, I walked into an event that was addressing the issue of child sexual...

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Sanctity of Life

Presenting: The Global, Universal Argument for a Safe Environment for Little Ones and the Vulnerable In Three Words SANCTITY OF LIFE Teresa Morris Kettelkamp When I worked in Rome for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Commission received...

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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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