Spot Your Strengths in Five Easy Steps

Uncategorized Sep 03, 2020

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By Ruth O'Neil

As Catholics, we believe that every person is unique and made in the image and likeness of God. He created each of us for a specific purpose in this world, and much of our life’s journey should be seeking to discover His will for us. As we read in the talents parable of Matthew 25:14-18, God grants us different talents, or gifts, and expects something from us in return.

“It will be as when a man who was going on a journey...

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We Are an Easter People!

Uncategorized Aug 27, 2020

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by Irene Rowland MS,NCC,LPC

We are an Easter people!! Just as Jesus experienced resurrection after much suffering, all men and women can become new creations. He is the way to attaining resurrection to eternal life with God the Father. He can also be the way, in the here and now, to resurrection from all the ways people have been known to suffer.

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Many people can be pulled down because of life circumstances and sometimes the...

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Discerning God’s Will after the Monastery

Uncategorized Aug 20, 2020

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by Daniel Johnson, M.A., Associate M.F.T.

It is easy to read hear the “many are called to the priesthood or religious life and few answer” message while forgetting that some try to answer that call and, for one reason or another, discern out of that calling. In general, it’s believed that two out of every three people who enter religious life will leave before final vows. If you happen to be in that group or even know someone who...

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Untangling God’s Love From Our Fallen Natures

Uncategorized Aug 13, 2020

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by Annie Harton, MA, LMFTA

Most faithful Catholics can see how the world defines “love” is a shadow at best and a far cry at worst from the true love of God. Original sin, our own sin, and the sin of those around us pollutes the love that God intends for each of us.

By taking what we know by faith from Scripture and Church teachings as well as what we have learned from psychological studies, we can begin untangling the love of God from...

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Pros & Cons of Video Counseling

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2020

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by Bridget Hannahan, Ph.D.

Many psychotherapists have moved their practices online, either partially or completely. Aside from the obvious advantage that disease cannot be spread through video, what are the pros and cons of this relatively new way of conducting counseling sessions? Here are some professional observations that may be helpful to those considering working online with a therapist.

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A Narcissist in the Family

Uncategorized Jul 30, 2020

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by Maria De Bruyn, M.A., LMHCA

In the book, The Brothers Karamazov, we see the influence of a narcissistic dad, who is concerned mainly with power, lust, and money, and how it affects his children. Although his other brothers all have narcissistic tendencies, one of his children, Alyosha, seemed to have escaped the curse of narcissism. At a funeral for a young boy who had previously been bullied by other boys, Alyosha gives the boys this wise...

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Trauma and Healing: Forgiveness is Not Required

Uncategorized Jul 23, 2020

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by Dr. Andrew Dobo

Clients of trauma therapists often say things like, "Everyone says I just need to forgive him and move on" or "You can't keep holding a grudge, forgive and forget." Well-meaning family, friends, priests, and ministers encourage them to just forgive them, and everything will be just fine.

In reality, we need a more sophisticated understanding of the horrific experiences that the victims endured and the role forgiveness may or may...

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Thought Labeling Helps Us Slow Down

Uncategorized Jul 16, 2020

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by Daniel Johnson, M.A., Associate M.F.T.

Have you ever had a thought and wondered, “Where did that come from?” or feel something and say to yourself, “What’s all that about?” Many Catholics who struggle with scrupulosity will quickly conclude that they are guilty of sin because of the content of their thoughts. Those who struggle with anger or lust often find themselves overcome by their emotions without ever pausing...

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Is Discernment Ever Over? Answering the Call

Uncategorized Jul 09, 2020

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by John J. Vizza, MDIV, MCL, JCL, MS

Discernment, especially in Catholic circles, is often the term most applied when one is in vocational discernment as if, after one has decided which course of life to take, all other discernment ceases. Discernment, however, should also apply prior to making any big decision in life: buying a house, moving to a new state, changing jobs or even changing qualities or characteristics about oneself.

Today, now more...

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Why a Catholic Therapist?

Uncategorized Jul 02, 2020

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by Thomas Pfister, LPC, CSAC, NCC

When compared with the number of non-religious therapists, very few Catholic therapists are practicing today. Therefore, the question arises for every individual contemplating entering therapy. “Why should I take the time and energy required to find a Catholic therapist?”

This is admittedly a very practical question. Perhaps more Catholics have asked a similar question when it comes to...

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