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7QT for Catholic Trauma Survivors 17Sep2021

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.

Are you ripening… or so afraid of surrendering to harvest that you’re kinda sorta rotting? Maybe it’s time to find your rut-busting Beatitude. Image: Unsplash
  1. Verwell Mind has some intriguing bits to share about the emerging science of intergenerational trauma and epigenetics.
  2. “The beautiful thing about praying with Mary through her sorrows is that we realize we are not alone in ours.” MaryBeth Eberhard is at Catholic Mom with Opening Our Hearts.
  3. “Among the book’s key takeaways, the researchers found that… 70 percent had previously experienced childhood trauma.” I mean… surprise? How to Stop School Shooter Violence.
  4. Many of us struggle with thinking we have to do it all and do it perfectly–leading to overwhelm. Lisa Simmons is at Catholic Mom with God Bless My Drunk Squirrels: a Lesson in Letting Go and Letting God.
  5. Many trauma survivors & mental health warriors battle insomnia. Rachel Watkins is at Catholic Mom with Sleeping Well.
  6. Maria Gallagher at Catholic Mom writes about riding the wave of our emotions in Are You There, God?
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

For this week’s media, I’m delighted to share my chat with Rachel at To Grow Good, a podcast devoted to sharing the faith through conversion & reversion stories.

And now go give Kelly and her 7QTs a look see!

7QT for Catholic Trauma Survivors 10Sep2021

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.

Are you blooming or maybe going into dormancy? Is one better than the other? Maybe it’s time to find your rut-busting Beatitude. Image: Unsplash
  1. I mean, surprise? Adverse childhood experiences can contribute to drug use.
  2. Gentleness is a virtue that tends to be in short supply in families affected by abuse and dysfunction. Catholic Mom’s Marlon De La Torre has a lovely piece on The Gentleness of Conversion.
  3. Here’s an interesting piece on boundaries: At what point does PTSD become an excuse for bad behavior?
  4. “‘The combination of negative emotions – exacerbated by stressors such as poverty, unresolved trauma and mental health issues — ‘leaves the home and enters the streets looking like violence,’ said Kennedy.” Read more at Catholic Philly’s piece on Data needed to find the core of rising violence in Philadelphia.
  5. “And, yet, even when we push kids out of school — or politicians out of office — they never really disappear. They still are a part of our communities, impacting others and themselves.” Read more at Disruptive students often facing challenges at home and communities deserve acts of reparative justice.
  6. Rejection is trauma. Catholic Mom’s Holly Novotny writes about Uniting Our Rejection With Christ’s.
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

I’m trying to shy away from using the word “toxic” describe people and am loving using the more accurate and hopeful (I believe) immature to describe some people with harmful patterns of behavior. Thus, for this week’s media, here’s Dr. Les Carter.

And now go give Kelly and her 7QTs a look see!

7QT for Catholic Trauma Survivors 27Aug2021

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.

Are you ripening… or so afraid of surrendering to harvest that you’re kinda sorta rotting? Maybe it’s time to find your rut-busting Beatitude. Image: Unsplash
  1. Lara Patangan of Catholic Mom and Simple Mercies writes about one of my favorite, most life-giving topics: boundaries.
  2. So here’s a fun one: Do Wild Animals Get PTSD?
  3. Codependency & Self-Care asks “What if the people pleaser is the self that needs to die?”
  4. The Undone Mama reminds us about how toxic parents turn into toxic grandparents: if they are toxic to you, they are toxic to your kids.
  5. Catholic In Recovery’s Chloe writes about How Saint Joseph Is Healing My Father Wound.
  6. We have a good number of new subscribers lately (::waves::), so here’s a pretty concise, informative piece on The Narcissistically Disordered Family. Does any of this resonate with your experience?
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

For this week’s media, let’s see what we can learn about… eyebrows?

And now go give Kelly and her 7QTs a look see!

7QT for Catholic Trauma Survivors 3Sep2021

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.

Are you blooming or maybe going into dormancy? Is one better than the other? Maybe it’s time to find your rut-busting Beatitude. Image: Unsplash
  1. My dear Christine Johnson is at Catholic Mom talking about “Jesus, I trust in You… sort of.”
  2. We all know narcissism is bad. Alas, just doing the opposite of the narcissists in your life wreaks is own havoc. Here’s an article at Your Tango on Echoism.
  3. Imposter Syndrome is fancy pants talk for “I have to be enough.” Lindsay Schlege of Quote Me wrote the linked article over at Catholic Mom.
  4. Trauma brings changes, to say the least. Hillary Ibara is at Catholic Mom talking about Christ’s Mercy.
  5. I regularly hear from people, “My story isn’t like yours, but I can relate to [fill in the blank with some maladaptive coping mechanism].” Well, maybe trauma doesn’t look the way you expect it to, and maybe its effects manifest in ways you overlook.
  6. Carmen Lappe is at Catholic Mom with a story so many trauma survivors can relate to in a special way: Can Anger Be Virtuous?
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

For this week’s media, I’m sharing my chat with Anne DeSantis of Patchwork Hear Ministry’s Sewing Hope podcast!

And now go give Kelly and her 7QTs a look see!

7QT for Catholic Trauma Survivors 20Aug2021

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.

Is how you are moving your body contributing to your mental health and overall freedom? Maybe it’s time to find your rut-busting Beatitude. Image: Unsplash
  1. More admiration, love and support to fellow Catholic trauma survivor Simone Biles: Leticia Adams writes at OSV News about Simone Biles, mental health, and the path to true discipleship.
  2. Another one (because, dang, Simone–you teach us so much!): What Simone Biles Allowed Me to Teach My Daughter by Teri Sinnott at Catholic Mom.
  3. On that note, here’s something on How to talk about your mental health with your employer.
  4. Trauma survivors… we all carry all kinds of burdens. Catholic Mom’s Jessica Ptomey shares her article Check Your Burdens.
  5. Surrender troubles? Here are four steps to achieving surrender (I’d add a fifth: think of something else–and if you can’t, ask God to give you a new thought) from Laura Range at Catholic Mom.
  6. Parenting teens triggers a LOT of abandonment fears/behaviors in developmental trauma survivors (ask me how I know). Here’s another article on the “thou shalts” rather than just the “thou shalt nots” of parenting teens: Sherry Antonetti’s Helping Your Teens to Know God’s Love at Catholic Mom.
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

For this week’s media, I’m sharing my chat with Anne DeSantis of Patchwork Hear Ministry’s Sewing Hope podcast!

And now go give Kelly and her 7QTs a look see!

7QT for Catholic Trauma Survivors 30Jul2021

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.

Is how you are moving your body contributing to your mental health and overall freedom? Maybe it’s time to find your rut-busting Beatitude. Image: Unsplash
  1. Couldn’t go this week without sending tons and tons of love and support to fellow Catholic trauma survivor Simone Biles. “You want your mind for the rest of your life.”
  2. Those of us who fear that we are angrier than God is about ways others have sinned against us might find some healing in reading Hezekiah’s prayer as a model for us.
  3. Speaking of anger, Rachel Bulman is talking at Catholic Mom about a new book that helps families deal with anger.
  4. Seeing a theme here? Catholic Mom has books for the girl mom on yelling.
  5. I got to talk with Carrie Soukoup on Catholic Mom’s weekly IG Live. We chatted about honoring the needs of our teens and tweens when we ourselves are recovering from childhood trauma. Watch to find out what that has to do with Parenting Tombs and Gardens.
  6. Read at Catholic Mom on how His Gaze Heals Me.
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

For this week’s media, I wanted to share a bit of a victory I experienced this week–one I turned into a TikTok, hopefully for your enjoyment or at least for the relatability.

And now go give Kelly and her 7QTs a look see!

7QT for Catholic Trauma Survivors 23Jul2021

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.

Are you on the right path? Maybe it’s time to find your rut-busting Beatitude. Image: Unsplash
  1. Chances are that, if you’re reading this, you could write your own article on 3 Ways Unresolved Trauma Can Derail Your Relationships.
  2. This one’s mine: Parenting Tombs and Gardens at Catholic Mom is about parenting the rightfully emotionally immature while simultaneously healing from the effects of having been parented by the wrongfully emotionally immature.
  3. What is self-care, anyway? Learn from Rose Folsom and a bean sprout.
  4. Even the secular world is celebrating the healthy gifts of detachment.
  5. Betrayal trauma is a thing. Elaine Sinnott gets real at Catholic Mom about The Epidemic of Porn in Marriages.
  6. Loving-kindness meditation may reduce veterans’ PTSD symptoms?
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

This week’s media? Father Mike Schmitz has a lot of good things to say–this is about setting boundaries! Isn’t his thumbnail picture the best? So relatable.

And now go give Kelly and her 7QTs a look see!

7QT for Catholic Trauma Survivors 16Jul2021

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.

Look! It’s a Mt. of Caramel! Happy Feast of Our Lady! Is there a Beatitude that would make your life a little sweeter?
Maybe it’s time to find your rut-busting Beatitude. Image: Unsplash
  1. Trauma of any kind is “not supposed to happen.” Nicole Johnson tells her story at Catholic Mom.
  2. Need strength? Alateia has you covered.
  3. Red flags or green ones? The Good Men Project has 4 Signs You’re in a Toxic Relationship.
  4. The Pittsburgh Catholic has a piece on Catholic at Home: Faith & Mental Health.
  5. It’s from May, but every month can be Mary’s Month if you try hard enough. Patrice Fagnant-Macarthur is at Catholic Mom with Mary Can Help Us Forgive Our Mothers.
  6. Did I post this one already? A woman is running across New York State in a wedding dress to bring attention to narcissistic abuse in marriage.
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

This week’s media? More Cinema Therapy! I love what they’re saying about Cap: integrity vs. ideology.

And now go give Kelly and her 7QTs a look see!

7QT for Catholic Trauma Survivors 9Jul2021

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.

How’s life’s flow for you these days? Maybe it’s time to find your rut-busting Beatitude. Image: Unsplash
  1. Laura Nelson writes at Catholic Mom about the value of suffering in Smooth Sailing or Rushing Waters.
  2. Here’s a sweet and hopeful story about… a story! High school sophomore publishes book on life with PTSD.
  3. Has anyone watched the EMDR interview with Prince Harry? I haven’t, and I’m curious.
  4. “Understanding the reasons doesn’t excuse the violence.” Could ending child abuse and promoting mental health stop mass shootings?
  5. St. Margaret of Castello is an inspiration, not just on living with disabilities but in living with the aftermath of parental abandonment. St. Margaret shows us where our true family lives and how to find them.
  6. Monica Portogallo at Catholic Mom reminds us that Even a mom conceived without sin can feel anxious.
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, and don’t forget to link up with this month’s An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom.

This week’s media marks the end of my family’s annual Lord of the Rings marathon. The guys at Cinema Therapy talk about the life lessons we can gain from Samwise the Brave.

And now go give Kelly and her 7QTs a look see!

7QT for Catholic Trauma Survivors 2Jul2021

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.

Are the waves in your life hitting you incessantly? Maybe it’s time to find your rut-busting Beatitude. Image: Unsplash
  1. Art heals. Shelter’s healing arts program supports survivors of domestic abuse.
  2. Childhood trauma survivors often live with a belief that they are irrelevant. “Relevant is not the same as current” is over at Catholic Mom.
  3. What is enmeshment, and do you experience it?
  4. Filling the void of a narcissistic parent
  5. Terry Crews talks about what happened when he got physical revenge on his abusive father.
  6. Real-time communication with real live humans is key to making sure our relationship with God does not suffer the vacuum of isolation. Colleen Mallette at Catholic Mom has Don’t Keep Your Doubts to Yourself.
  7. Ending with your weekly reminder that All Things New: Breaking the Cycle and Raising a Joyful Family is available for purchase. Already read your copy? Leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, and don’t forget to link up with An Open Book from Carolyn Astfalk & Catholic Mom on THIS WEDNESDAY, July 7.

This week’s media continues my celebration of my family’s annual Lord of the Rings marathon. The guys at Cinema Therapy talk about isolation vs. hope in Theoden King’s arc through The Two Towers.

And now go give Kelly and her 7QTs a look see!