October 4, 2022

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month—Which is the Perfect Time to Review Catholic Teaching on This Crucial Epidemic Catholics are familiar with October as the month of the Holy Rosary as well as Respect Life month. However, it’s also important to remember that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. This gives us the perfect opportunity to review what the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) teaches about violence within Catholic families. One out of every three women are or... Read more

October 1, 2022

Individuals suffering in an abusive relationship often isolate themselves. Self-isolation is caused by many reasons, too many to get into here — that’s a topic for another article. Here, all I need to say is that isolation leads to more confusion, self-blame, and an increased vulnerability to the gaslighting techniques of your abuser. One of the best ways to heal from this is to learn how to talk about your abusive relationship — but only with trusted friends. Talking to the... Read more

September 22, 2022

“Allow yourself to be loved! This is crucial, because the soul cannot live without love. The soul always wants to love something, because love is the stuff she’s made of, and through love God has created her” (St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and St. Catherine of Siena). Most of us (I hope) are very familiar with St. Paul’s words to the people of Corinth: “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love”... Read more

September 18, 2022

Spiritual abuse can be particularly difficult to deal with. Although there are many types of domestic abuse — not only physical, but emotional, psychological, verbal, sexual, and financial — spiritual abuse is particularly damaging because it can lead to a rupture in the victim’s relationship with God. Often, her spiritual life is the one anchor holding her together, and when that’s ripped from her, she can feel as if all is lost. But it isn’t. All isn’t lost, because spiritual... Read more

September 2, 2022

Psychological physical violence is a terrorizing type of abuse, especially when it happens within what should be the safety of your own home. Although it’s a term you may not be familiar with since it’s one I coined myself, the tactics may sound familiar to you. It’s not uncommon for physical violence in intimate relationships to be defined as an act causing the victim physical injury. Hitting, punching, strangling, threatening with a weapon, or anything that leaves physical wounds is... Read more

August 28, 2022

This article is about sexual coercion. Please read with discretion if you think it might be a trigger. Self-care is always top priority! When sexual abuse happens in a marriage, it can be difficult to detect, and even more difficult to come to terms with. If your spouse forces you to engage in any unwanted sexual activity whatsoever, you’re a victim of sexual abuse. However, some methods of sexual coercion can be so subtle that women don’t recognize them. They lovingly want... Read more

August 24, 2022

St. Dymphna is one of those obscure, nearly forgotten saints who (so far) has never achieved the celebrity status of Catholic heroes such as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, or St. Pope JPII.   Yet that doesn’t make her any less inspirational, nor does it make her any less of a powerful intercessor when we call upon her in our needs. And, blessedly, her shift from 7th century obscurity to modern-day acknowledgement... Read more

August 19, 2022

Domestic violence is insidious, destructive and—let’s face it—evil. Regardless of whether the violence is physical, emotional, psychological or verbal, when the abuses are perpetrated by the one person you’re supposed to trust and be able to love unreservedly, the person who vowed to honor and cherish you all the days of your life, the effects of the betrayal trauma are enormous. Abuse causes a rift and a fissure within the very core of self. It causes the target to completely... Read more

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