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Excerpt for our Christmas 2017 Issue Seasonal Affective Disorder: Diagnosing and Treating a Seasonal Blueness HELPGUIDE.ORG Layered on top of many of our struggles with chronic psychological and physical illness, the holidays fall at a dark time of year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. The shorter days and colder weather of winter… Read More Feeling SAD?
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 the last time who suffered beyond… Read More Un-distant Connections
By Kathy O’Connell My support group is fewer than those of others. It consists of the Victim Assistance Coordinator of our diocese, a few dear priests, my therapist and my dear friends at The Healing Voices Magazine. However, although there are few people in my support system, they are mighty. I know anytime I need… Read More My Mighty Network of Support
Kathy O’Connell, Founder Prayer is powerful and it’s free. Our God calls us to talk with him, find comfort through him and to continue praying through song and prayer. So, I offer this prayer: Heavenly Father, we ask that you watch over all your people. You’ve created each one in Your own image, Your own likeness,… Read More SURVIVOR PRAYER: MAY WE FEEL YOU HERE
Sooz Jeson, Founder Dear Lord, As your beloved Saint Francis said, Make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there has been the sin of abuse committed against so many, may the love of You in my soul feed my fellow survivors with compassion. Where there remains injury from abuse that is hard to… Read More PRAYER-POEM IN THE FRANCISCAN SPIRIT
Fr. Larry Dowling, St. Agatha Church, Chicago In my work over twenty-five years as a priest, with over 20 years in two parishes where I followed a priest-abuser, this is the question that will often be expressed from those abused. “Where was God when this was happening to me?” The question is especially poignant when… Read More Where Was God When This Was Happening to Me?
A Poem by Fr. Larry Dowling My prayers these days are like shallow waves Lighting upon heaven’s shore Their voice a whispered echo Of inner longing’s plaintive, restless roar. I yearn that my soul once again be moved, As a sailboat propelled by that wind That brushes across my care-worn face Urging the Spirit’s revival… Read More Metanoia
Sooz Jeson, Founder We, victim-survivors, can be mistaken for the face of an evil which was perpetrated not by us but by some whose responsibility was to teach us about God and what it means to live a holy life. We can also be mistaken for the face of a second evil-sin, the sin of others… Read More Holy Week Wonder