The Epiphany is a source of grace and understanding for Christians, particularly Catholics who are unsure about those of us abused by clergy. Here are three reasons why. Perhaps you’ll be inspired by this brief read to rethink how you relate to survivors of abuse who are … Read More Fellow Travelers
For our Christmas 2017 Issue, a different kind of tree wisdom.
Excerpt for our Christmas 2017 Issue Whitney Hetzel, GETFED: FEED YOUR FAITH, April 7, 2016 This author quotes Saint Pope John Paul II with something some of our readers may appreciate: “Whoever suffers from mental illness ‘always’ bears God’s image and likeness in himself, as does every human being. In addition, he ‘always’ has the… Read More Mental Illness: Five Patron Saints to Invoke
Michael D. Hoffman From the Oxford dictionary, Advent is defined as the “arrival of a notable person or thing.” As Christians, we wait in anticipation of Jesus’ arrival and the peace, comfort and joy in our hearts which that brings. I believe this with all my heart. However, the simple spirit of the season of… Read More Personal Courage of the Abuse Survivor at Christmastime
PRAYER SERVICE FOR SURVIVORS OF ABUSE AND THOSE WHOM THEY LOVE On the Feast of the Archangels, September 29th, the Founders of The Healing Voices Magazine hosted our first online Prayer Service, with the help of fellow Catholic survivors from all corners of North America. Our attendees called in from a similarly wide scope. At… Read More Healing Online Prayer Service
By Deborah Rodriquez “I’m Deborah from Washington.” Simple enough. Why would this self-introduction be so very different? Those of us who would be leading the prayers gathered by phone before the prayer service to work out technical glitches and sort of do a roll call of who was present. Some of us had to leave… Read More Reflection: Leading Prayer in the Litany of Love
In your efforts to continuously improve care being offered to survivors and family members–and anyone suffering from post-traumatic stress–please take a look at how trauma-informed care options are. If you need resources, there are many, but here are a few. Fr. Ken Schmidt has written a wonderful description for The Healing Voices Magazine about trauma-informed… Read More It’s Critical: Trauma-Informed Care
Michael D. Hoffman, Founder For me, healing from childhood sexual abuse began at my home, with my wife and our children. At first, I was anxious about telling my wife my story of childhood sexual abuse because I thought she would think less of me as her husband, and father to our two beautiful children.… Read More MAKING IT RIGHT AT HOME