Definition of Enemies

weekly reflections Mar 09, 2022

Dear Souls and Hearts members,

In Luke 10:29, the expert in the law, after hearing the second great commandment to “Love your neighbor as yourself,” queried Jesus and asked “And who is my neighbor?” This led to Jesus’ telling of the parable of the Good Samaritan.

I was praying last week about the situation in the Ukraine and as I was reflecting on our Lord’s command in Matthew 5:44, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute...

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weekly reflections Mar 02, 2022

Dear Souls and Hearts Members,

Last Sunday to open his Angelus address, Pope Francis said:

In recent days we have been shaken by something tragic: war. Time and again we have prayed that this road would not be taken. And let us not stop talking; indeed, let us pray to God more intensely. For this reason, I renew to all the invitation to make 2 March, Ash Wednesday, a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine. A day to be close to the sufferings of the Ukrainian people, to feel that we...

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Spiritual Warfare

weekly reflections Feb 24, 2022

Dear Souls and Hearts Members,

Demons are real.  We have it on the authority of scripture.  St. Peter tells us,

Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 8:5)

And St. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12

For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.

And the reality of...

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Three Elements of Loving

weekly reflections Feb 17, 2022

Dear Souls and Hearts Members,

Our Lord commanded us in Luke 10:27,  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”  To love your neighbor as your self.  What does that mean?  What are the elements of loving my neighbor?

In simple, layman’s language, I think there are three elements to loving another person: benevolence, capacity, and constancy...

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Trauma and the Body

weekly reflections Feb 09, 2022

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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Suffering vs. Mental Pain

weekly reflections Jan 26, 2022

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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Our Fear of Silence

weekly reflections Jan 19, 2022

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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All is Gift — Unrecognized Gifts from God

weekly reflections Dec 29, 2021

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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Subjectivism and Catholic Therapy

weekly reflections Dec 22, 2021

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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Shame, the Prayer Killer

weekly reflections Dec 15, 2021

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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