7QT for Catholic Trauma Survivors 14Aug2020

Here’s me, doing my bit to participate weekly in Kelly’s Seven Quick Takes over at This Ain’t the Lyceum.

So here’s…

This Week’s Resources for Catholic Trauma Survivors

Takes. Best described as quick. Seven of them.

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  1. The Cycle of Abuse: Don’t Get Caught Up In The Honeymoon Phase by Rose Saad is the first post on the subject of the trauma bonding cycle that includes scripture quotes to support leaving an abusive environment. Thank you, Rose!
  2. Healing My Trauma episode on…
  3. … the Mamas In Spirit podcast: host Lindy Wynne talks with guest Kelly Behrens about how the long-term effects of childhood trauma can be released and redeemed through telling our stories in supportive community.
  4. Catholics for Family Peace is a resource for identifying and responding to evidence of domestic violence in your Catholic parish.
  5. Thank you, Rose Folsom -Virtue Connection, for getting in touch with me about Catholics for Family Peace.
  6. Maintaining Recovery Even When You Don’t Feel Like You Need To Anymore” by Jonathan over at Catholic in Recovery speaks to all those ways, after a success or two, we convince ourselves we don’t need help anymore and can just rely on ourselves. I’m not even all that far along in my recovery, and I still slip into this kind of thinking!
  7. This Sunday’s gospel journaling page for trauma survivors will come out in a few hours, so please sign up here to get yours free through the end of November, 20202. I also invite you to join in some discussion over on my Broken Grown-up Nation Facebook page.

I kinda want to ask about tenderness here. I have to admit, that’s a word that makes me recoil, though I can’t quite put my finger on why. Is it because I’ve more often used the adjective “tender” to describe steak? Is it because I’ve experienced — and offered others — so little of it thus far in life? Anybody reading have some light to shed on the concept of “tenderness”?

Also, let me know how I may pray for you? Meanwhile, make sure you give Kelly & the SQT crew a look see.


  1. Re tenderness: It requires a ridiculous amount of vulnerability. I think we consider “tenderness” as soft or weak or even silly, but it’s really the opposite. Jesus on the cross assuring Diana’s his place in Paradise, and giving His Mother to St. John: that’s tenderness.
    For that matter, Jesus on the cross is tenderness – and it doesn’t get stronger than that.
    Tenderness implies a kind of martyrdom, really.
    See also: St. Maximilian Kolbe, a fierce example of tenderness.

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