Weekly Email Reflection 2022-02-09: Trauma and the Body

Dear Souls and Hearts Members,

Trauma.  And our bodies.  That’s what I dive into in this month’s Interior Integration for Catholics Podcast, Episode 89 entitled: Your Trauma, Your Body: Protection vs. Connection.  The episode is 80 minutes long, chock full of essential information about how psychological trauma impacts your body.

Secular psychologists argue that we have two major drives – to survive and to bond with other people.  But our bodies, at a...

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Weekly Email Reflection 2022-01-26: Suffering vs. Mental Pain

Dear Souls and Hearts Community Members,

Last week in our weekly email we discussed how we avoid silence.  Today, we are getting into how we avoid suffering. But what is suffering?  And how is it different from pain, especially mental pain? 

I take on those questions in a 41-minute premium podcast episode for the Catholic members of our Interior Therapist Community – and as I was planning that episode, I really wanted to include all of you in the broader Souls and Hearts...

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Weekly Email Reflection 2022-01-19: Our Fear of Silence

Dear Souls and Hearts Members,

Today, I wanted to discuss the problem of silence, the crisis of silence, perhaps the terror of silence…for you.

Our modern culture abhors silence.  It treats silence as a vacuum – the absence of good, as though it were evil.  And our modern culture has taken the most exquisite form of distraction, of noise, of internal and external stimuli to the highest level of development ever seen in the history of humankind.

In other words, as a...

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Weekly Email Reflection 2021-12-29: All is Gift — Unrecognized Gifts from God

Dear Souls and Hearts Community Members

In this Christmas season, there is a great focus on gifts – retailers invest millions of dollars in advertising, product manufacturers try to convince you that someone in your life needs this or that gadget.  Service providers work to convince you that what they offer is just what you, or your spouse or parents or children or friend need to be happier, healthier, or better in some way.  Gifts.  But what about the giving, and more...

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Weekly Email Reflection 2021-12-22: Subjectivism and Catholic Therapy

Dear Souls and Hearts Community Members,

So what is “Catholic” therapy or counseling?  Is there such a thing?

Some might argue that a therapy is Catholic if the therapist is Catholic.  But that is far from necessarily being true. 

Others might claim that a therapy is Catholic if the therapist and client pray before the session.  Hmmm.  I don’t think so. That's not enough. 

Some people might claim that therapy can’t be Catholic, any more...

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Weekly Email Reflection 2021-12-15: Shame, the Prayer Killer

Dear Souls and Hearts Community Members,

If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.  G.K Chesterton, 1910

I can’t think of any endeavor in which Chesterton’s famous quote is more important or true than prayer.  Prayer.

Prayer.  What does that word bring up for you when you read it.  Take a minute in your busy day right now and stop.  You have a minute.  Prayer. What spontaneously comes up in you, in your body, in your emotions, in your...

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Weekly Email Reflection 2021-12-08: Mary, Our Spiritual Mother, and Scrupulosity

Dear Souls and Hearts Community Members,

Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception to you all!  This is the day we celebrate our Lady, our Mother, the Immaculate.  She is is spiritual mother, our primary mother.  And I have special devotion to her as the mother of all of our Souls and Hearts members, especially in that she heals mother wounds, the inevitable emotional and relational injuries that happen to us over time in our fallen world from our imperfect mother figures.

On...

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Inner Pre-Evangelization: A Focus on Internal Trust

Uncategorized Dec 01, 2021

By Peter Malinoski, Ph.D.

I don’t trust myself.

Have you said, “I don’t trust myself” to yourself?  If you haven’t, it’s a pretty good bet that you know someone who has.  Depending on our impulses, temptations and circumstances, we might not trust ourselves in our speech, our drinking behaviors, our humor, our eating patterns, our internet use, or in the grocery store.   That can be a whole range of situations in which we don’t...

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On Vaccine Mandates, Contempt, Families and Thanksgiving…

Uncategorized Nov 23, 2021

By Peter Malinoski, Ph.D.

Happy upcoming Thanksgiving to you! We at Souls and Hearts are very thankful that you are with us, supporting us and engaging with us and what we offer. So thank you.

Let’s talk about family and Thanksgiving. And families getting together – or not getting together because of the COVID vaccine. Considerable ink has been spilled on how the debate about COVID vaccines has split families – and all the repercussions of that for the holidays. I’ve...

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A Chink in the Armor: Refortifying Ourselves Against Pornography during COVID-19

Uncategorized Jan 20, 2021

Take me to the "Restoring Your Marriage After Pornography" course!

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

A recent November 2020 study from the International Journal of Impotence Research (of all things!) showed that traffic on pornography websites has significantly increased. Not only that but searches for COVID-related pornographic themes had been sought out, on one website, more than a million times in just one month.

While the US, at least according to this study, remained relatively...

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