Tolkien and Abuse

  • By Spirit Fire
  • October 13, 2018

Recently, a post in uCatholic.com highlighted J.R.R. Tolkien’s lesser-known references to the impact of failures in the Church on faith. The comments may prove helpful to our readers. In his August 28, 2018 post entitled “J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lost Prophetic Message on Abuse in the Church,” Billy Ryan pulled excerpts...

Saints and Abuse

  • By Spirit Fire
  • May 20, 2018

Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder Book Review: My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, by Dawn Eden. $16.95. 256 pages, paperback. 2012. Ave Maria Press: Notre Dame, Indiana. My Peace I Give You is a helpful read on the topic of saints and sexual...

Metanoia

  • By Spirit Fire
  • May 12, 2017

A Poem by Fr. Larry Dowling My prayers these days are like shallow waves Lighting upon heaven’s shore Their voice a whispered echo Of inner longing’s plaintive, restless roar. I yearn that my soul once again be moved, As a sailboat propelled by that wind That brushes across my...

The Draw of the Eucharist

  • By Spirit Fire
  • February 17, 2017

The Bookworm[1] This book about the Eucharist over time was like reading history and praying at the same time. For me, anyway. But what matters here for this Healing Voices issue is the last chapter of History and Presence which is titled “Events of Abundant Evil.” This chapter focuses...

Every Precious One

  • By Spirit Fire
  • February 17, 2017

By T. Pitt Green Acts of Recovery[1] was written by a survivor of sexual abuse by clergy. He is also a founder of this magazine. In 92 small pages, Michael Hoffman’s book chronicles steps, or acts, he took while coming to terms with his childhood trauma. Considering this topic...

Book Review: The Giving Tree

  • By Spirit Fire
  • November 27, 2016

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein (Large Print Hardcover) (New York: Harper & Row 1964) FEELING SPENT By The Book Worm I have a strategy for spending time with noisy human beings doing manic holiday things in the midst of all that complicated angst in family dynamics. Starting about ten...

Join Our Outreach

  • By Spirit Fire
  • September 1, 2016

JOIN OUR OUTREACH By Mike Hoffman, Founder Thank you for your interest in the Healing Voices newsletter. Giving a voice to survivors of childhood sexual abuse is vital to the healing process. This edition is our fifth, and I feel so proud to be associated with the Founders and others who...