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Take a pilgrimage through the liturgical year with “Be With The Word,” a weekly podcast that delves into human and psychological issues that surface in the upcoming Sunday Mass readings. Dr. Peter Malinoski and Dr. Gerry Crete invite you to join them as they discuss issues at the crossroad of Catholicism and psychology and provide action items each week that can enrich and transform your life.


COVID-19 Reveals Opportunities for Personal and Spiritual Growth

Palm Sunday - Cycle A
Episode 19




Overall Takeaways

The uncertainty and disruption of the global pandemic reveals the areas where we need to be perfected and challenges us to make an intentional effort to connect with God.


Key Verses from Sunday Mass Readings

"The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue,
that I might know how to speak to the weary

The Lord GOD is my help,
therefore I am not disgraced;
I have set my face like flint,
knowing that I shall not be put to shame. 

My God, my God, why have you
abandoned me?

Watch and pray that you may not
undergo the test.

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.


Where Catholicism Meets Psychology

Dr. Peter reflects on his own fear about the current coronavirus crisis and financial fallout and connects it back to being hospitalized alone as a 10-year-old boy. As that child, he learned that fear was dangerous and anger gave him control and power.

Although adaptive responses like anger and control can be useful in some situations, they are not helpful in all. Changing those automatic ways of responding requires insight and prayer.

Many fearful and anxious moments, like people fighting over water or toilet paper, tap into a basic human fear of death and desire for survival.

We all have parts of us that are numb, disconnected, despairing or even dead. Grappling with the causes and turning to our Lord can help us bring those parts back to life.

We all ask, “Why?” Martha and Mary wondered, “Why didn’t Jesus come before Lazarus died?” We ask, “Why is the coronavirus happening? Why did I lose my job? Why did my loved one get sick? Why doesn’t God do something?”  Just like Jesus loved Martha and Mary and wept with them, He is with us, understands our sorrows and struggles, and loves us through them.


Action Plan for the Week

God provided the Israelites with manna for the day. When you are fearful, anxious or stressed, stop and ask yourself, “Do I have what I need right now? Am I safe right now?” and then explore what you think you need that you don’t have. Take that to prayer.

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