Un-distant Connections

  • By Spirit Fire
  • October 9, 2017

By Sooz Jeson Last December I lost a close friend who had suffered from Lupus for years. Last July I had to say goodbye to a dear friend who moved to the other side of our continent. A day later, I laid down my beautiful sweet cat Lily for...

I Thirst

  • By Spirit Fire
  • May 12, 2017

Kathleen Wilson Do you ever start noticing words or phrases or quotes keep popping up in your live so often that you begin to think of them as a message?  A message that arrives to relate to your life and then moves you to send your own message out? ...

Michael D. Hoffman, Founder I didn’t want to tell them. Even as an adult, I didn’t want to tell them. It took me years of counseling, and a lot of hard work, but I finally told them their little boy was sexually abused by their priest friend at the...

No Other Child

  • By Spirit Fire
  • March 31, 2017

No Other Child Michael D. Hoffman In March 2011, Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, wrote: The voices of those who have been sexually abused as children are often heard only years, even decades, after the children have been hurt.  In meeting with those who have been abused, I have heard again and again...

Sexting

  • By Spirit Fire
  • March 31, 2017

TEENS AND LAW Sexting Penalties[1] Deacon John Marques de Silva Director, Office of Child Protection Diocese of Arlington, Virginia In northern Virginia, local high schools in 2015 attempted to deal with the issue of sexting. Sexting may be defined as “the act of sending sexually explicit messages, videos or photos...

Bullying

  • By Spirit Fire
  • March 31, 2017

Bullying Prevent Child Abuse America offers a brief and very useful summary of ways to detect and respond to peer abuse and bullying. These topics come up often when we are speaking to parents about child abuse. While different, they still leave a child suffering in isolation, and tips...

By Miguel Prats In this article, I describe how faith is important for healing after abuse. I hope Victims Assistance Coordinators, who are trying to find ways to help survivors in their care, will find these ideas inspiring and useful. So many survivors are alive in their bodies, but...