Excerpt by Ed Mazza, HUFFINGTON POST, April 25, 2017 “A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you.” In a surprise appearance via video at the TED 2017 conference in Vancouver, Canada, on Tuesday evening, Pope Francis said that tenderness is “the path of choice for the strongest, most courageous men and… Read More Pope Francis Gives a TED Talk
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
Excerpt for our Christmas 2017 Issue 20 Celebrities Who Struggled with Depression (and other chronic mental illness) Amanda Macmillan, HEALTH, April 23, 2013 Being famous doesn’t mean you’re immune to depression, including postpartum depression and bipolar disorder. Here is what 20 famous people have to say about their struggle and success with depression here.
Using Social Media to Secure a Future Deacon John Marques de Silva Director, Office of Child Protection Diocese of Arlington, Virginia Most teenagers do not realize that it is common practice for College Admission Counselors (How Online Posts Affect Colleges’ Decisions) and Human Resource professionals (Your digital footprint is ruining your job application) to use the social… Read More Social Media Savvy
TEENS AND LAW Sexting Penalties Deacon John Marques de Silva Director, Office of Child Protection Diocese of Arlington, Virginia In northern Virginia, local high schools in 2015 attempted to deal with the issue of sexting. Sexting may be defined as “the act of sending sexually explicit messages, videos or photos electronically, using a cell phone or… Read More Sexting
Bullying Prevent Child Abuse America offers a brief and very useful summary of ways to detect and respond to peer abuse and bullying. These topics come up often when we are speaking to parents about child abuse. While different, they still leave a child suffering in isolation, and tips used in their prevention can help… Read More Bullying
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