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The Spirit Fire Global Conference on Abuse and Faith has posted its broadcast agenda and schedule, adjusted for public health care crises. Please join our two-hour opening conference session, which airs via various channels at two times: Friday, July 31, 2020, at 12 noon ET, and Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 3 am ET (for...

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Urgent Numbers

Having a list of hotlines and urgent-support numbers is a great way to be poised to help anyone – a...

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Mark Your Calendar!

The Spirit Fire Global Conference on Abuse and Faith has posted its broadcast agenda and schedule, adjusted for public health...

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Mental Health Articles

Mental Health for Families

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives...

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Diagnostic Evolution

By Teresa Pitt Green Many survivors experience a diagnosis of mental illness as another reason to feel shame – and hopeless. People feed that misery. Often they treat a person like their diagnosis – not as a person with a...

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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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Recovery Articles

Mentor’s Questions

Mentoring is a way to draw on your life’s experience to help another person recreate their own life. Mentors play a role in survivors’ recovery by being sounding boards. They have an important place in a patchwork of support survivors...

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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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Families Articles

Mental Health for Families

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives...

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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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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

Abuse of Trust

Abuse of Trust, edited by Alan Hebert, is a compilation of stories collected out of the desire “to bring hope and healing to other victims, these men and women—survivors as well as their community of family and friends—come together to...

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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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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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