Recently, a thoughtful exchange on Twitter talked about how mornings can be hard for hearts that are heavy, with anything from existential dread to melancholia or discouragement. So, we started to look into prayers from St. Basil, and found the full prayer mentioned on Twitter. We thought some of...

Finding Words to Pray

  • By Spirit Fire
  • October 28, 2018

When in the cringe of grief, pain or remembering, when abandoned or betrayed, it can be hard even to address God – or to find the words to seek His intervention. It can be harder, yet, to trust God will help, or even to believe. Consider the words of...

Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder Keeping a clear distinction between therapeutic counseling and spiritual direction is critical for all involved where both are offered. There is little doubt that both have important roles as a whole person heals from all the wounds of abuse, from mental and psychological to spiritual....

Dirge

  • By Spirit Fire
  • August 24, 2018

Psalm 5: Prayer for Divine Help For the leader; with wind instruments. A psalm of David. 2 Give ear to my words, O Lord;     understand my sighing. 3 Attend to the sound of my cry,     my king and my God! For to you I will pray, Lord; 4     in the morning you will hear...

Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder After my first brain surgery, I was inundated with advice from friends, colleagues and strangers about how to get back to full health fast. No one pearl of wisdom was similar to the next. Most suggestions were unscientific. Some were ignorant, some comical. All the...

Story of a Hermit

  • By Spirit Fire
  • May 8, 2018

Sister Miriam entered the Carmelite Convent in Częstochowa in Poland in 1983, over three decades ago and, eventually, followed “her call, crazy as the idea seemed.” In 1988, she took her vows as a hermit, and in 2001 her vows of perpetual silence. People who visit her on certain,...

Rev. Hans Zollner, S.J., is a professor of Psychology and the President of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University. As his active Twitter account chronicles, Fr. Zollner travels the world teaching local churches best practices in child protection and promoting ministry to survivors. Recently, his...