Who Am I?

  • By Spirit Fire
  • February 4, 2016

By Sooz Jeson and Friend The answer to that question is complicated and forever changing. Why, because I am still evolving. Years ago I wasn’t. Abuse silenced me. I became a prisoner within myself. How did I become free; I learned to speak. A little over a year ago I...

Amazing Grace

  • By Spirit Fire
  • February 3, 2016

Through many dangers, toils and snares We have already come, Tis grace that kept us safe thusfar And grace will bring me home! A Moment’s Meditation: Judy Collins Singing “Amazing Grace” 

Creativity and Darkness

  • By Spirit Fire
  • February 2, 2016

“Creativity – like human life itself – begins in darkness.” Julia Cameron For more about exploring your creative side as a seed opening in the darkness, consider Julia Cameron‘s book The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.

Michael D. Hoffman

  • By Spirit Fire
  • January 1, 2016

Michael D. Hoffman is a co-founder and co-editor of The Healing Voices Magazine. Mike is particularly devoted to advancing the cause of child protection within and beyond the Catholic Church. He explains, “I believe our efforts, as survivors, help victims and their families heal, and I pray these child-protection...

Jim

  • By Spirit Fire
  • January 1, 2016

Jim Richter is a practicing Catholic and a member of Saint Joan of Arc parish in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  As a teenager, he was abused for several years by his parish priest. Following the abuse, it took two decades, the near-loss of his career, therapy and the loving support of...

Tim

  • By Spirit Fire
  • January 1, 2016

Tim Ruffner is a Chicago native who moved to Round Lake at the age of nine years old with two siblings along with his parents. The Ruffner family quickly joined the St. Joseph Parish in Round Lake where they spent every Wednesday night, Saturday morning and Sunday mornings. Tim has two children...

Sooz

  • By Spirit Fire
  • January 1, 2016

My biography is shared in my newsletter stories which are available here. There is something else I’d like you to know about me that a simple biographical summary cannot express. One of the most important instruments of my own faith story is how poetry and prayer have come together...

Teresa

  • By Spirit Fire
  • January 1, 2016

Teresa Pitt Green (nee Hartnett) is a practicing Catholic who was abused by a series of priests during her youth and teen years. She resettled in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, after a decade living in New York City working in publishing. Teresa focuses on integrating faith into recovering from...

Kathy

  • By Spirit Fire
  • January 1, 2016

Kathy O’Connell, a practicing Catholic, grew up on the North side of Chicago. Attending a Catholic school for twelve years of her life, she was a victim of abuse. Kathy has three grown children and recently retired from her job at a Catholic school to be able to enjoy her...

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