No one said choosing to follow Jesus in faith with trust is easy. Integrating faith with recovery adds a dimension of transformation possible only with flooding graces, but that transformation is still challenging. It disrupts what is not life-affirming and creates in each of us a new man, a new woman. A life spent loving… Read More Hard Love
John Rigg, MD, is a professional musician who, in his forties, became a physician. In his work with trauma patients, Dr. Rigg has observed how the brain is constantly reacting to sensory information, generating non-thinking reactions before our intelligent individual human brains are able to process the event and formulate a self-driven response. His 28-minute… Read More How Trauma Affects Our Brain and Behavior
Leading hubs for trafficking in the sex trade, including teens and children, have been effectively shut down by recent legislation about which Haley Halverson, Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, posted an online article. An excerpt follows: Across the web, online administrators are hitting “delete” on sex ads…,… Read More New Online Child and Teen Protections
Take a few minutes to review the latest information and basics of post-traumatic stress, as a refresher on what many survivors of abuse can face following abuse.
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
SPECIAL THANKS After Spotlight became a discussion point for our circle of founders, a couple of us were charged with sending a thank-you to the Spotlight team at the Boston Globe. It included our Special Edition on the Prevention of Child Abuse with its Round Table discussing Spotlight and also this passage: Our group wished to express… Read More Boston Globe
We are pleased to introduce our Healing Voices Round Table in this Special Edition. We hope to make this forum a regular feature: individuals writing a first-person perspective on a common topic. As Founders of this newsletter, our mission is to raise our collective voice to share stories and experiences, providing healing support and making… Read More Round Table: Spotlight, the Film
Film Review: Spotlight by Eileen Mathy For those of you who attended the showing of the movie Spotlight, reactions though they may vary are more than likely intense. This movie much like the investigative articles of the Boston Globe was designed to rock our Catholic worlds with new awareness of the full scope of and… Read More It Takes a Village….