Seven Reasons Why Handwritten Letters Can Be Holy and Healthy

Uncategorized Apr 16, 2020

By Peter Malinoski, Ph. D.

Handwritten letters are as ancient as the written word and now are becoming as scarce as fountain pens. In our modern world of immediate communications, handwritten letters can seem antiquated, unnecessary and even a waste of time. However, a handwritten letter holds much more than the words on a page; it provides a unique vehicle for holiness and human connection.


1. Handwritten letters let us say exactly what we want.

One beautiful thing about handwritten...

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Solitude, Masculinity, and Men’s Health

Uncategorized Apr 09, 2020

by Anthony Isacco, PhD

As we all know, comic book movies are very popular. Some of the best moments in comic books movies are when heroes have an existential crisis or an experience of defeat. They have self-doubt and feel wounded. They then retreat away from civilization and people. Superman has his Fortress of Solitude. Batman has his cave. Those places are supposed to be reprieves from the pressures of the world and spaces of reflection and healing. Essentially, they go there to get away...

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The Greatest Psychological Obstacle to Almsgiving in a Crisis

Uncategorized Apr 02, 2020

Take me to the Coronavirus Crisis: Carpe Diem Podcast


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...

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

Uncategorized Mar 26, 2020

Take me to the Coronavirus Crisis: Carpe Diem Podcast

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...

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

Uncategorized Mar 19, 2020

Take me to the Coronavirus Crisis: Carpe Diem Podcast

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...

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The Role of Free Will in Addictive Behavior

Uncategorized Mar 12, 2020

Take me to "Restoring Your Marriage After Pornography"

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...

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Are You for Real?

Uncategorized Mar 05, 2020

Take me to "A Catholic's Guide to Self-Help"

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...

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How Maintaining Relationships Through Disagreements Prepares Us For Heaven

Uncategorized Feb 27, 2020

Take me to "A Catholic's Guide to Helping a Loved One in Distress"

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...

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What’s the Past Got To Do With It?

Uncategorized Feb 20, 2020

Take me to "A Catholic's Guide to Self-Help"

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...

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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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