As a priest I am often the first person those struggling with trauma and addiction turn to; as a person I struggle with my own trauma and addictive behavior. But I find that recognizing the problem is only a first baby step. How do I understand how the trauma affects my soul? How does my own self-deception prevent healing? How do I fit the broken pieces of my soul back together into the image of God I was created to be? Those on the front lines of the spiritual battle to become whole and holy know how important it is to face the trauma and to seek God’s healing but few of us have learned the skills to help others in this struggle. Freedom to Live will help you develop those skills – for personally healing yourself and for helping in the healing of others.
“My participation in the Freedom to Live program profoundly influenced my pastoral ministry as well as my own personal life. The ideas and insights penetrated to the very heart of my worldview and understanding of self. I learned to question most of the basic assumptions that I held about who I was and why I was who I am. I learned to face my dysfunctions and to seek healing in community with my co-participants and with God. But most of all, I learned to view the world as God views it. The life God has intended for us is so much more than most of us realize. Freedom to Live will open your eyes to the life you should be leading; and it will help you take your next steps toward a life of wholeness and holiness.”
— a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America