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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 stress among children. The stress of severe and chronic...

Our Catholic Story

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • July 23, 2020

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 a first step in the restorative justice process that...

Urgent Numbers

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • July 10, 2020

Having a list of hotlines and urgent-support numbers is a great way to be poised to help anyone – a child whom you suspect is suffering, or an adult dangerously tempted by suicide, or a teen who’s run away. We compiled reputable help- and hotlines, checked connections and phone...

Mentor’s Questions

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • July 3, 2020

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 need but have a hard time trusting enough to...

In 2020, the bishops of Ireland blessed and dedicated candles of atonement for use in cathedrals and parishes throughout Ireland, starting on Ash Wednesday and burned thereafter during the celebration of Mass and other liturgies the following year. These candles were visible signs of the annual Day of Prayer...

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 diagnosis. Even people with a mental illness can, without...

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