The Greatest Psychological Obstacle to Almsgiving in a Crisis

Uncategorized Apr 02, 2020

by Peter Malinoski, Ph.D.

We’ve all seen the images of people in Costco battling over toilet paper. Times of crisis seem to bring out shocking behavior in many people, often driven by fear. During the last two weeks, we’ve looked at the first two pillars of Lent, prayer and fasting, as they apply to the current coronavirus pandemic. This week, let’s look at the final Lenten pillar just before Holy Week, the pillar of almsgiving. This pillar can be particularly challenging...

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Fasting (the Second Pillar of Lent) and the Coronavirus Crisis

Uncategorized Mar 26, 2020

By Peter Malinoski, Ph.D. 

Fasting is something that Catholics typically define as limiting our food intake. You know, the ole “one full meal and two smaller meals” rule. And many Catholics leave it at that. Just meet the obligation on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and you’re good to go. Check the box. Done.

Remember the Point of Fasting

Let’s take a step back and ask: What is the point of fasting? Fr. Dwight Longenecker puts it this way, “We fast so that...

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A Psychological Take on the Coronavirus and Lent:  Prepare for Prayer

Uncategorized Mar 19, 2020

By Peter Malinoski, Ph.D. 

We’re about halfway through the Lenten season, and how many of us predicted the kind of sacrifices would be required of us just a month ago? It’s been three generations since many of us have seen as much dislocation to daily life and our culture as we currently have with the coronavirus pandemic.  With the rapid changes and all the new challenges come great opportunities for growth, for those who are willing to “seize the day” in...

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The Role of Free Will in Addictive Behavior

Uncategorized Mar 12, 2020

By Gerry Crete, PhD

Addiction to any number of substances or behaviors is common in today’s modern society. According to the Addiction Center, almost 21 million Americans have at least one addiction.

Some addictions are easy to spot because they have some kind of negative effect on a person’s life. If you’re an alcoholic, you may have received DUIs, lost a job, or damaged relationships. The gambling addict may lose his fortune. The food addict may gain 300 pounds. Other...

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Are You for Real?

Uncategorized Mar 05, 2020

By Ruth O’Neil

If you’re a parent, you may be familiar with the classic story of The Velveteen Rabbit. The story addresses the important question of what it means to be “real” in the context of a tale about playthings in a child’s nursery. Throughout the work, “real” is described as a coveted state of being, something all playthings wanted to become, and a stuffed rabbit’s own journey to becoming a real bunny. The story encourages us to consider...

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How Maintaining Relationships Through Disagreements Prepares Us For Heaven

Uncategorized Feb 27, 2020

by Eric Gudan, PsyD

Disagreements are part of our fallen human nature and original sin. It’s perfectly natural to want others to agree with us, especially those closest to us. When others hold the same point of view, it makes us feel better about our thoughts, decisions and actions. And, if we’re honest with ourselves, having others affirm what we believe often feeds our prideful desires.

Most of us see disagreements as a negative part of life. They can be hurtful and damaging to...

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What’s the Past Got To Do With It?

Uncategorized Feb 20, 2020

by Jennifer Madere, MA, EMDRIA-AC

Focus on the present moment… Just put the past behind you… Do the next right thing… 

Coping skills, building virtue, and time management may reduce chaos, reduce anxiety, and improve our functioning and relationships. But what if you feel that old feeling or fall into that old pattern, and find yourself in the same song-and-dance… again…?!

How about your view toward the future? Is it optimistic or riddled with anxiety?...

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Smart Parenting in the Smartphone Era: Part II Using Resources

Uncategorized Feb 13, 2020

By Wendy Baribeau, LAMFT

As we discussed in last week’s blog, the dangers that our children face when utilizing modern technology are serious and complex.  As parents, we all have an obligation to protect our kids from the tech that can be addictive, degrading, or unsafe. Parental controls and other resources can help parents take advantage of the benefits of modern technology while protecting kids from harmful tech. The dangers are changing everyday, so parents need to stay...

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Smart Parenting in the Smartphone Era Part I: Know the Risks

Uncategorized Feb 06, 2020

By Wendy Baribeau, LAMFT

Many Catholic parents have decided to give their children computers, smartphones and tablets for a variety of reasons. While nearly all schools in this country, including Catholic ones, have embraced the belief that technology aids learning, most parents are not fully aware of the dangers that unsupervised internet usage creates.

Every day, kids and teens seemed to be glued to their smartphones and devices. Although most parents have a general concern about internet...

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Can Catholics Practice Mindfulness?

Uncategorized Jan 30, 2020

By Matthew McCall, Psy.D.

During the last five years or so, a practice called mindfulness has become incredibly popular across much of the Western world. You’ve probably heard of mindfulness, and perhaps have had a friend, family member, or health care professional recommend it.

As a faithful Catholic, you may wonder if mindfulness is simply a beneficial exercise for the brain or a more worrisome and forbidden entryway into a Buddhist form of prayer.

In its essence, mindfulness is the...

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