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Spirit Fire Global Conference on Abuse and Faith – News

Patience is an important antidote to the pandemic we already have. Patience blended with flexibility. So many wonderful and generous speakers and advisors have been helping with our Spirit Fire Global Conference despite tumult in their professional and personal lives. We had to take a breath and ask: Are we creating a process that is...

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Maybe Talk About It

Night is an enduring survivor testimony about suffering and evil during the Holocaust. It exemplifies the impact a single listener—such...

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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...

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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

Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope

By Jennifer Samartano A Whole New Understanding Resilience is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how recognizing and understanding ACEs has given birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic...

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Our Catholic Story

Storytelling can be so healing. As survivors we know this is true. We have lived the story and healed with storytelling. So, Spirit Fire is offering an online storytelling event this October 15 Spirit Fire entitled “Our Catholic Story” as...

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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

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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Eucharist & Betrayal

By Rev. Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield A Spirit Fire friend raises the Eucharist to help the agony of betrayal heal. Spirit Fire survivors offer friendship to priests in a mission which cultivates true healing in the Church person to person,...

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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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Arts & Letters

Maybe Talk About It

Night is an enduring survivor testimony about suffering and evil during the Holocaust. It exemplifies the impact a single listener—such as you—can have on a survivor who holds an untold story in silence, close to a broken and hidden heart....

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Go Rest High on That Mountain

It can feel almost impossible to make peace with the death of those we love, especially sudden death and suicide. Sometimes a song that understands that difficult loss can help. Go Rest High on That Mountain is a song that...

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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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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

A History of Hope in Fear

One of the best ways to overcome fear is to get informed, but just try to find information without high-drama news covering the battle of Science vs. COVID-19 that doesn’t feed our worse fears! There’s another way to find hope...

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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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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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