FORGIVENESS: the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.


This past week Pope Francis met with victims of sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church and begged forgiveness for the acts undertaken against them.   It was reported throughout the world, with various responses in the press.  Some hailed it as a key moment in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.  Others said it […]

TRAUMA [TROU-muh]: an experience that produces psychological injury or pain.


Yesterday, when leaving Church, we heard the sirens.   They kept coming…and coming…and coming.   It was a tragedy that had occurred at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center just a couple of blocks away.   You probably read in the news  about the circus performers whose equipment failed and they fell onto the floor of the performance center, sustaining […]

28: the number of people who died in the Newtown shootings

I recognize that our primary concern in Newtown, Ct., following the shootings 10 days ago is the children and their teachers.  The huge outpouring of grief around the world has been stimulated by the fact that these victims were innocent little children and their brave educators.    Nothing can detract from that, nor should it. But […]