• By Spirit Fire
  • March 26, 2019

Paul Ashton, PsyD, DMin There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear. 1 John 4: 18  “Me, too.  Me, too.”  Those softly spoken words, almost whispered, came like a tsunami washing everything away, leaving silence and then, more tears, this time shared by the few...

Keep Your Eyes on God

  • By Spirit Fire
  • February 21, 2019

A Letter to Our Survivor-Readers By Teresa Pitt Green Hello dear friend, It’s been quiet around here since the grand jury report in Pennsylvania hit the press. So. much. silence. We hide in silence at times. Is that where you are? Are you hurting, hiding, isolating? Sometimes silence is...

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...

Behavior as Belief

  • By Spirit Fire
  • December 6, 2018

Along with an admonition for the Church today, Blessed Fulton Sheen also presents an important challenge for Catholics who mistake the wounds of abuse by clergy for solely psychological. They are something greater, involving real-life, practical impact but also the full person, the full human creation of God in...

How To Forget a "Bad" Memory

  • By Spirit Fire
  • December 4, 2018

For some practical tips on grappling with memories that never entirely go away after trauma … Here’s an article from WikiHow, written by experts collectively online, which Deborah Kloos, one of our regular contributors, sent along for consideration. We edited a bit so that the tips for facing down...

For those survivors, family members and others who wrestle with symptoms of depression or other chronic mental illnesses, some common-sense tips from others who manage chronic mental illness can be very helpful. For those providing pastoral care, these tips are especially helpful because they support good mental health care...

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