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What is "closure" after a traumatic experience?

Getting over what has happened to you is important. This is called "closure." You need to close this chapter in your life before you can move on. Here are some simple things you can do to help put the past to rest.

1. Make a book of memories about your experience, exploring the things you learned. You can learn from everything, pleasant or painful.

2. If you're unable to say what you'd like to, face-to-face with someone, write the person a letter (you don't have to actually send it).

3. Write down what you're angry about, and then tear the paper to shreds, focusing all your stress, anger and frustration on that paper.

4. Dedicate an entire evening to thinking through every aspect of what's bothering you. Allow yourself to scream, cry, pray--just get it all out. Humor yourself!

5. If your family, youth group or class experiences the loss of a loved one, make a memorial collage of what that person liked and what you liked about him or her. You could also plant a tree or make a donation to charity in that person's memory.


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Monday, September 2, 2013
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Martyrdom of John the Baptist: The drunken oath of a king with a shallow sense of honor, a seductive dance and the hateful heart of a queen combined to bring about the martyrdom of John the Baptist. The greatest of prophets suffered the fate of so many Old Testament prophets before him: rejection and martyrdom. The “voice crying in the desert” did not hesitate to accuse the guilty, did not hesitate to speak the truth. But why? What possesses a man that he would give up his very life? 
<p>This great religious reformer was sent by God to prepare the people for the Messiah. His vocation was one of selfless giving. The only power that he claimed was the Spirit of Yahweh. “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11). Scripture tells us that many people followed John looking to him for hope, perhaps in anticipation of some great messianic power. John never allowed himself the false honor of receiving these people for his own glory. He knew his calling was one of preparation. When the time came, he led his disciples to Jesus: “The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God.’ The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus” (John 1:35-37). It is John the Baptist who has pointed the way to Christ. John’s life and death were a giving over of self for God and other people. His simple style of life was one of complete detachment from earthly possessions. His heart was centered on God and the call that he heard from the Spirit of God speaking to his heart. Confident of God’s grace, he had the courage to speak words of condemnation or repentance, of salvation.</p> American Catholic Blog Just as my children become members of my family when I bring them into the world, so too our baptism incorporates us into the family of the Church. This supernatural membership prevents us from being orphans who have to fend for themselves in the spiritual wilderness.

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