By Jennifer Samartano A Whole New Understanding Resilience is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how recognizing and understanding ACEs has given birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress among children. The stress of severe and chronic...

Our Catholic Story

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • July 23, 2020

Storytelling can be so healing. As survivors we know this is true. We have lived the story and healed with storytelling. So, Spirit Fire is offering an online storytelling event this October 15 Spirit Fire entitled “Our Catholic Story” as a first step in the restorative justice process that...

Mentor’s Questions

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • July 3, 2020

Mentoring is a way to draw on your life’s experience to help another person recreate their own life. Mentors play a role in survivors’ recovery by being sounding boards. They have an important place in a patchwork of support survivors need but have a hard time trusting enough to...

The Serenity Prayer

  • By Teresa Pitt Green
  • May 8, 2020

God grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful worldas it is, not as...

By Teresa Pitt Green This is a personal reflection on darkness, light, and media (or, forgiving the colloquial, “press.”) On the one hand, it offers an overview of the spirit behind best practices in organizing prayer services for healing from abuse in the Church. On the other hand, it...

By Teresa Pitt Green In 2019, two survivors of clergy abuse stepped forward to collaborate with the same diocese where they had been abused – and to take the lead on promoting, as quoted in the local diocesan coverage, “healing, hope, and reconciliation for abuse victims, families and friends...

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