Abuse, Journal, Recovery

to uncle joe

I never really had the idea to write an open letter to one of my abusers. I never had the idea of what I’d want to tell them, nor any idea what I’d want to say if I did. Until now. I’m not sure why this one came to me first. Maybe it’s because I… Continue reading to uncle joe

Culture, Recovery, Spirituality

victim blaming & sin

It’s been a long while since Jesus shared a piece of His Heart with me at Mass. It was a part of His victimhood I didn’t really realize, or maybe appreciate, that we had in common. Mary and Joseph supported Him and the truths He revealed, see, but His extended family didn’t. The gospel today, Mark 2:20-30,… Continue reading victim blaming & sin

Journal, Spirituality

known by our love

When I was a kid going to "guitar Masses," there was one folksy hymn we'd sing with the refrain, "They will know we are Christian by our love." The melody could've used some work, but part of me misses that hymn. I feel the Church could do with hearing that message a little more often.… Continue reading known by our love

Journal

lifeline

A/N: talking openly about suicidal thoughts here...you've been warned. When you type in something along the lines of “painless suicide” into google, those first pages of results are going to be links to suicide-prevention services, hotlines, sites dedicated to talking you out of it. The most common advice they give is 1) wait, and 2) talk… Continue reading lifeline

Journal

self forgiveness

I've been revisiting a book I keep on my shelf, When Faith Feels Fragile. Upon taking it up again, I remembered why I kept it in all my decluttering; the short, poignant chapters are easy to digest, and keep with you. I'm not sure if the speaker at today's work-at-home workshop had re-reading good books in mind… Continue reading self forgiveness

Abuse, Spirituality

abuse: hidden heresy

I was browsing on social media when I came across a video of Pope Francis talking to a little boy named Emanuele. Little Emanuele’s dad died recently, and he wanted to ask the Holy Father if he was in heaven. His dad was an atheist, see, who nonetheless faithfully lived out his sacramental promise when… Continue reading abuse: hidden heresy