“Being hopeful doesn’t mean being ‘Little Mary Sunshine’ all the time”

Rachel Balducci, the co-host of Catholic TV’s “The Gist” and best-selling author of How Do You Tuck In a Superhero? And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys, just published an interview with me on her Testosterhome blog about my book My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints. Her [Read More...]

“Learning that Catholics themselves were grieving over abuse…helped me become more open to entering the Church”

Catholic World Report today features an interview with me by John Burger in which I talk about why the Catholic Church, and all society, needs to reach out to victims of childhood sexual abuse, a need that is particularly visible in this week’s news stories on Dylan Farrow and Ryan Loskarn. I also speak about [Read More...]

“Perhaps God’s greatest miracle is not creation, but re-creation”: My talk at the Courage conference

I wrote to you earlier about the beautiful experience I had last month at the annual Courage Apostolate conference, and am now delighted to share with you a video of the talk I gave there. An audio podcast is also available, courtesy of AirMaria.com. The video is long. If you are pressed for time, I [Read More...]

St. Dominic Savio, the boy who insisted on growing up

I wrote to you last week to tell you about my “press agent” St. Dominic Savio. Today I am writing, as I promised, to tell you about why the saint, who died a few weeks short of his fifteenth birthday (making him the youngest canonized saint whose death was not by martyrdom), is also a [Read More...]

Happy feast of The Saint Formerly Known as Edith Stein!

On this day the day the Church honors St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, better known as Edith Stein, check out the post I wrote last year about her spirituality of wounds, “Everywhere the need exists for maternal sympathy and help, and thus we are able to recapitulate in the one word motherliness that which we have [Read More...]

UPDATED WITH AUDIO: Welcome, “Morning Air” listeners!

UPDATE: My “Morning Air” interview is now online! Listen here. I’m very thankful to Sean Herriott for giving me the opportunity today to speak on his Relevant Radio show “Morning Air” on how childhood sexual abuse affects men and on how those who suffered may find healing with the help of the saints. Here are [Read More...]

Blessed Albertina Berkenbrock and what it means to be a “martyr of chastity”

This coming Saturday, June 15, is the feast day of Blessed Albertina Berkenbrock, whose story I discovered while researching my book of Catholic spirituality for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints. Blessed Albertina, who was twelve years old when murdered in [Read More...]

Dominicans’ Angelic Warfare Confraternity director urges members to read My Peace, calling it “a powerful aid for healing and renewal”

As a member of the Angelic Warfare Confraternity, the Dominican Friars’ apostolate for Catholic men and women who pray for one another as they seek to grow in chastity, I was deeply honored when the confraternity’s director, Father James Dominic Brent, O.P., recently sent an e-mail to members urging them to read my book My [Read More...]

Happy Father Dowling feast day!

Today is the “feast day” of one of my personal patron saints, Father Edward Dowling, S.J., who died on this day in 1960, which that year was Palm Sunday. Father Dowling helped spouses save their marriage (via the Cana Conference movement, which he helped found), helped anxiety sufferers find peace (through Recovery, Inc., for which [Read More...]

The peace that penetrates prison walls

Father George David Byers’ Holy Souls Hermitage today features a deeply moving account of conversion from Pornchai Moontri, one of the Catholic prison inmates I wrote about in this space last month. In “Divine Mercy and the Doors of My Prisons,” Pornchai, who suffered parental neglect and sexual abuse in childhood, writes about how, as [Read More...]


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