Catholics don’t typically want to turn a self-protective blind eye to the suffering around us, but we all struggle how to respond in situations where people in crisis need immediate help — especially if we aren’t able to do more than cross paths. Traveling between cities with my ministry...

The Listeners

  • By Spirit Fire
  • September 18, 2018

As Catholics struggle with finding a way forward through the current trials, here is a reprint of two articles, published together, by a Victim Assistance Coordinator and a Clergy-Abuse Survivor — and how they met, learned and grew together through listening and collaboration. Opening the Door To A Relationship...

Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder As another in the series about loved ones seeking to support survivors, this article considers the wisdom available in groups which support secondary victims of different but related traumas. One renowned group dedicated to secondary victims is the Alanon Family Groups program. Alanon grew out...

Shared Pain

  • By Spirit Fire
  • March 6, 2018

Kathy O’Connell, Co-Founder Yes, I was a victim of abuse, in the home and later on in the Church. And now I can call myself a survivor, though my story, tucked so deep in my heart, belongs to me alone. Survivors share many experiences, but, like every survivor’s story,...

Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder “Secondary trauma” is a term that only recently started to appear in psychological research referring to professionals, such as mental health care providers, first responders, ministers and others who work regularly with multiple traumatized people. Professionals had been experiencing a high rate of burnout when offering...

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...

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