Understanding Justice and Justification

Uncategorized Jun 18, 2020

by Eric Gudan, Psy. D.

The issue of justice is again in the news. As society continues to pursue justice within our cities and communities, it’s important to have a firm grasp of not only how seeking justice is both a personal and a societal endeavor, but also the differences between Christian and secular understanding of the concept.

Define Justice

Unfortunately, justice is one of those words that can be used to serve a particular agenda, which can lead to anger and selfishness as well...

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Making Spiritual and Social Communions

Uncategorized Jun 11, 2020

by Irene Rowland MS,NCC,LPC

For those who are used to regular church attendance and frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist, it is troubling to not be currently able to physically partake in this sacrament. In some parishes, in-person Masses have resumed although there are many restrictions. For those who fall into the vulnerable category, because of age or health, the wait to return continues.

Spiritual Communion has been in place in the Catholic Church long before the coronavirus arrived....

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Four Signs of an Addiction and Three Steps to Break Free

Uncategorized Jun 04, 2020

Take me to "Restoring Your Marriage After Pornography"

By Gerry Crete, PhD

We live in an “addictive society.” People are addicted to their phones, to video games, to sex, to alcohol, to weed, to work, and the list goes on. However, Catholics may wonder what the difference is between simply a bad habit or vice and an actual addiction.

St. Thomas Aquinas defines vice (or a bad habit) as a behavior contrary to virtue and therefore contrary to reason and order. A bad habit is an...

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The Psychology of Money in the Sacrament of Marriage

Uncategorized May 28, 2020

By Wendy Baribeau, LAMFT

The divorce rate remains high in modern America and conflicts about money are common among many couples--and Catholics are no exception. If conflict about finances, or anything else for that matter, continues for an extended period of time without understanding or compromise, the couple may lose their desire to faithfully love one another. This can lead to unnecessarily suffering or even a civil end to a sacramental marriage.

It’s important to step back and...

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What is Catholic Meditation?

Uncategorized May 21, 2020

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

By Gerry Crete, Ph.D.

We’ve all heard a lot about meditation, and these days, it’s often associated with New Age or Eastern practices that faithful Catholics are rightly wary of. But what is Catholic meditation? How is it different from relaxation? From prayer? And can it be used appropriately to reduce anxiety?

Understand the Definitions

First, it’s important to understand the definitions of what we’re talking about....

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The Need for Community

Uncategorized May 14, 2020

Tell me about the Resilient Catholics: Carpe Diem! Community

By Peter Malinoski, Ph.D.

Human beings need to be part of communities. According to Aristotle, human beings are “social animals” and therefore naturally seek the companionship of others as part of their well being. Some branches of psychology like attachment theory attribute mental health issues to a failure to bond in key relationships. We frequently refer to the communion of saints, the Body of Christ, the Church...

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Overcoming Paralysis in Seeking God’s Will

Uncategorized May 07, 2020

Take me to the vocational discernment course!

By Dr. Mark Glafke, HSPP


Faithful young Catholics often desperately want to do God’s will in their lives. They take the idea of vocational discernment very seriously, turning to prayer, the sacraments, and spiritual or priestly counsel. It can feel like a daunting task: to discover and embrace whatever God desires for our lives.


Even secular-focused young adults can struggle for years in trying to answer the question of direction. According...

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Helping Daughters Develop a Healthy Body Image

Uncategorized Apr 30, 2020

Tell me more about Bodyset!

By Wendy Baribeau, LAMFT

We are all made in the image and likeness of God, and He declared all of His creation good. Unfortunately, this basic truth is often lost in modern America, especially by young women who feel immense pressure to improve their external physical “beauty.”


Advertisements work! Ads are a powerful force in modern media, which contribute to appearance-related anxiety while benefiting from the sale of products and services that...

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Transform Conflict Into Better Relationships

Uncategorized Apr 23, 2020

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

By Gerry Crete, PhD

Most of us handle conflict in one of two ways: we become defensive or we avoid. The defensive posture allows us to feel strong and self-sufficient, but it may lead the other person to feel shame, humiliation, anger, or frustration. The avoidant response keeps us isolated and alone. Either way, relational disconnection occurs.

As Catholics, we’re called to be part of the mystical body of Christ....

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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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