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Rain, Fire, Wind, Stress

Beyond my favorite go-to site for mental wellness and self-care ideas (see above), you may find reviewing different types of trauma and disaster-stress and suggestions for coping and for resources helpful. Who has studied post-traumatic stress in first responders, troops, and secondary sufferers more than … the military and its service care? Below, you will...

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Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM, Cap.

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM, Cap., graciously agreed to be the inaugural guest for The Spirit Fire Global Broadcast Series on Abuse and Faith which launched two weeks ago. What he shared with us is wholly different from the usual interview and is directed at the heart of survivors, our families, and the Church as...

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Worldwide Wounded Healers

Spirit Fire has been invited to become a partner-member in the Tutela Minorum, and we have been featured this week on the hub website by way of introduction: survivors in dialogue. Our many years’ worth of free resources will now be available worldwide, including with an expanded distribution of The Healing Voices Magazine. This means...

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The Numb Response

Everyone experiences emotional numbness from time to time in life. It can be a very healthy defense against being overwhelmed...

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Suicide Prevention

The causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple combinations of factors, such as mental illness, substance abuse, painful...

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Mental Health Articles

Treatment Locator

Here’s an important, highly confidential resource. The Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons and their family members who are seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for...

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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. There are online options (as of this writing, during lockdown), and you can also study to be a certified teacher. This course...

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Media as Amplifier

We know the power of media. Take a look at the long-range impact of the Spotlight series published by The Boston Globe in 2002. We live the power of media, too. Our lives are particularly affected by the way media...

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Recovery Articles

The Numb Response

Everyone experiences emotional numbness from time to time in life. It can be a very healthy defense against being overwhelmed in the middle of a shock or trauma, such as the death of a loved one. The problem is that...

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Recovery Support Overview

Recovery-oriented care and recovery support systems help people with mental and substance use disorders manage their conditions successfully. Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their...

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The Genius of Madness

Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher of the late 18th century (and early 19th century) whose masterpiece, The World as Will and Representation (Second Edition, 1844) work would influence great thinkers, such as Sigmund Freud. The second chapter of Schopenhauer’s...

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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

Lourdes Miracles

Recovering from abuse is miraculous – and mysterious as the healing crosses so many dimensions of our personalities and our very personhood. Lourdes is a place associated with the miraculous. That’s why, still, over 6 million people visit the pilgrimmage...

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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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Arts & Letters

Media as Amplifier

We know the power of media. Take a look at the long-range impact of the Spotlight series published by The Boston Globe in 2002. We live the power of media, too. Our lives are particularly affected by the way media...

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The Genius of Madness

Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher of the late 18th century (and early 19th century) whose masterpiece, The World as Will and Representation (Second Edition, 1844) work would influence great thinkers, such as Sigmund Freud. The second chapter of Schopenhauer’s...

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Generational Trauma

As children of immigrants, Laughlin minimized her racial background to fit into school and life, but her struggle with upheaval and a sense of trauma in her home country had many effects, including a fear of Jesus and a need...

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Leadership Articles

Abusers in a Social Network

As we progress in healing, one thing is learning more and understanding a broader context. We grow in wisdom even if it requires an unflinching awareness of the way abusers protect each other – consciously and in some strange highly...

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Villanova Lay Conference

Villanova University hosted "Church Today: Responding to the Sexual abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church," a conference in March 2021 that covered the complexity of factors in the abuse scandals relying on a remarkable lineup of experts from Pennsylvania.

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Investigations Update

For anyone wondering about the status of U.S. Bishops currently under investigation following Pope Francis’s May 7, 2019, motu proprio Vos estes lux mundi, here is the most current list I could find (as of the date of its publication)...

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History Articles

Community Recovery

Here’s one from an amazing fellow survivor who recently connected with Spirit Fire. It was impossible not to respond with an open mind to his description of the impact on his life of St. Dymphna, the patron of mental illness...

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Atoning for Historical Abuse

The Society of Jesus in Canada and the United States has a project that seeks to make amends for its history of reliance on slavery through 1865.

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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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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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