A year’s worth of gratitude

As the New Year begins, I am pausing to give thanks to God, and I also want to thank you everyone who has prayed for me this past year. In January 2012 I had the overwhelming joy of teaching on an academic level for the first time, when I was invited by the rector of the [Read More...]

The saints “rose above their violations through a deep conviction of divine love in their hearts”

Melissa Kimiadi of A Journey Through NYC Religions writes beautifully of how the saints, having shared in our experience of brokenness, now show us how to share in their healing in Christ:  Saints were degraded and thrown into the dirt by their own families as unwanted children. Yet, they rose above their violations through a [Read More...]

WATCH NOW: My interview on EWTN’s “The Journey Home”

Here is the video of my interview on “The Journey Home” that premiered last night on EWTN, in which I share my conversion story with host Marcus Grodi and also talk about the message of my book of Catholic spirituality for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds [Read More...]

TONIGHT: Watch me on EWTN’s “Journey Home”

  Tonight’s the night that my interview for “The Journey Home” airs on EWTN, in which I share my conversion story with host Marcus Grodi and also discuss the message of my book of Catholic spirituality for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of [Read More...]

New podcast!

Over at the Christopher Closeup blog, Tony Rossi has posted the podcast of the interview he did with me. The link to it is at the bottom of his post “A Sexual Abuse Victim’s Efforts to Be a Conduit to the Light of God and the Saints.” Tony’s interviews are known for their depth and [Read More...]

Purchased at a price

On this All Saints Day, in honor of the late Barbara Curtis, I am republishing (and slightly tweaking) an entry I wrote last Lent on my personal blog, The Dawn Patrol, that was a favorite of Barbara’s: A young television actress who writes and directs her own work recently told an interviewer why she has [Read More...]

He’s her fan: Leonard Cohen and St. Kateri

A Leonard Cohen fan blog revealed this week that the legendary singer-songwriter’s home has images of St. Kateri Tekakwitha practically everywhere you look. Cohen has been fascinated with Tekakwitha at least since 1966, when her story provided the backbone for his novel Beautiful Losers. Unfortunately the novel is filled with obscenity and the kind of [Read More...]

“I no longer felt alone”: Angela Sealana reviews My Peace I Give You

Catholic new-media expert Angela Sealana, who blogs at Inspired Angela, confesses today that she used to think of me as “that chastity speaker.” When she saw that I had written My Peace I Give You, a new book offering a Catholic spirituality of healing from childhood sexual abuse, her first reaction that it didn’t apply to [Read More...]

“I was afraid of her purity”: Discovering Mary’s purifying love

    Today is traditionally the Feast of the Purity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (see liturgical prayers here and a reflection by Father Lovasik here). In my book My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, I talk about how I used to be afraid of Mary’s purity. [Read More...]

Entering into the “memories of God”

 I wrote yesterday about how “I have come to believe that people who have suffered trauma as a result of the abuses that are widespread in secular society—the sins committed against the family and against the dignity of the human person—are going to be vital members of the next generation of Christian witnesses.” Today I [Read More...]


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