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...]

On the blessedness of those who mourn

From an e-mail I wrote today to a reader who commented that my “Journey Home” interview encouraged him as he mourns the loss of his daughter: It says in Scripture, in more than one place, that love is stronger than death; love never dies. Several years ago, I began to contemplate what it means to [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...]

The Dominican who found in Christ’s wounds an answer to the problem of evil

Today is the day the Dominican Order celebrates its deceased members. As a lay student at a Dominican school of theology, I am observing it by praying for the repose of a Dominican priest I never knew, whose life and writings are an inspiration: Father Thomas Heath, O.P., a Massachusetts-born friar who was fatally injured by [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...]

Remembering the Source of our shelter

After my post the other day about Leonard Cohen, my friend William Doino, Jr., pointed me to another Cohen song with a religious message: “If It Be Your Will.” Here it is, performed with crystalline beauty by the Webb Sisters. Praying that the Lord give us shelter from all our storms, and especially from Sandy. [Read More...]

A new saint for sufferers of childhood trauma

Pope Benedict’s canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha yesterday gave the Church a new patroness for those who have suffered physical, emotional, or sexual abuse in childhood— particularly those whose abuse was perpetrated by family members or family friends. Born in 1656 to a Mohawk father and a Christian Algonquin mother in present-day New York, St. Kateri [Read More...]

John Henry Newman: The Cross of Christ wounds us so as to heal

      On this day that the Church honors Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, here is a passage from his sermon “The Cross of Christ the Measure of the World” (found via Enlarging the Heart) in which he writes beautifully of the theology of wounds: It must not be supposed, because the doctrine of [Read More...]