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‘Let the Children of Divorce Come to Me,’ original sacred art by artist Michael Corsini, was commissioned by Life-Giving Wounds ministry for reflection at retreats. (photo: Courtesy of Life-Giving Wounds)

Life-Giving Wounds helps adult children of divorce and separation give voice to their suffering, know that they are not alone, and find healing in God’s Divine Mercy.

By Joan Frawley Desmond, EWTN News, April 15, 2023

Joan Frawley Desmond, is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in California.


Joan Frawley DesmondMENLO PARK, Calif. — Hallie Colorado, a clinical psychologist, wrote her dissertation on the long-term impact of divorce on children. But, until recently, the mother of six gave little thought to the impact her parents’ breakup had on her own life.

“My parents divorced when I was little, but I didn’t think it affected me,” Colorado told the Register.

Happily married and enjoying her new position as the director of parish outreach at St. Raymond’s Catholic Church in Menlo Park, California, Colorado believed she had beaten the odds and achieved her goals.

But after agreeing as a professional courtesy to attend a retreat for adult children of divorce and separation sponsored by the Catholic apostolate Life-Giving Wounds, she was astonished by the emotions that surfaced as presenters shared their stories. …