Finding Closure

  • By Spirit Fire
  • May 1, 2016

By Bridget McGill First and foremost I need to tell you I consider myself a “thriver.” It has been a long lonely journey to become that. I was afraid of public restrooms for as long as I could remember, I made sure my three children were accompanied by me...

A Spouse's Story

  • By Spirit Fire
  • May 1, 2016

By Sarah Riggins On New Year’s Day in 1994, shortly after celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary, my husband and I were returning home from visiting his father, who was dying of leukemia. As they had unresolved issues between them, I encouraged him to seek counsel from our pastor, a frequent...

Healing Garden in Chicago

  • By Spirit Fire
  • February 16, 2016

For survivors of clergy abuse, there is a healing garden on the grounds of Holy Family parish in Chicago which was created as a joint effort among survivors of clergy abuse, survivor and youth ministries, and clergy. Here is a place of refuge, prayer, reflection and solitude for passersby...

Get Practical!

  • By Spirit Fire
  • February 10, 2016

Survivor Wisdom Practice Radical Love: Do something kind for yourself today. Go ahead. Just do it. See how it makes tomorrow even better.

By Tim Ruffner I have had the pleasure of meeting the fine group of “founders” for Healing Voices and become one of them. We aren’t just people collaborating on an amazing newsletter; we are people who have stories to tell from previous experiences in our lives. I am actually...

Henri Nouwen

  • By Spirit Fire
  • February 5, 2016

“Nobody escapes being wounded. We all are wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually.  The main question is not, ‘How can we hide our wounds?’ so we don’t have to be embarrassed, but, ‘How can we put our woundedness into the service of others?’  When our wounds cease...

Who Am I?

  • By Spirit Fire
  • February 4, 2016

By Sooz Jeson and Friend The answer to that question is complicated and forever changing. Why, because I am still evolving. Years ago I wasn’t. Abuse silenced me. I became a prisoner within myself. How did I become free; I learned to speak. A little over a year ago I...