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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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James of the Marche: Meet one of the fathers of the modern pawnshop! 
<p>James was born in the Marche of Ancona, in central Italy along the Adriatic Sea. After earning doctorates in canon and civil law at the University of Perugia, he joined the Friars Minor and began a very austere life. He fasted nine months of the year; he slept three hours a night. St. Bernardine of Siena told him to moderate his penances. </p><p>James studied theology with St. John of Capistrano. Ordained in 1420, James began a preaching career that took him all over Italy and through 13 Central and Eastern European countries. This extremely popular preacher converted many people (250,000 at one estimate) and helped spread devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. His sermons prompted numerous Catholics to reform their lives and many men joined the Franciscans under his influence. </p><p>With John of Capistrano, Albert of Sarteano and Bernardine of Siena, James is considered one of the "four pillars" of the Observant movement among the Franciscans. These friars became known especially for their preaching. </p><p>To combat extremely high interest rates, James established <i>montes pietatis</i> (literally, mountains of charity)--nonprofit credit organizations that lent money at very low rates on pawned objects. </p><p>Not everyone was happy with the work James did. Twice assassins lost their nerve when they came face to face with him. James died in 1476 and was canonized in 1726.</p> American Catholic Blog Let us never tire of seeking the Lord—of letting ourselves be sought by him—of tending over our relationship with him in silence and prayerful listening. Let us keep our gaze fixed on him, the center of time and history; let us make room for his presence within us.

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