Introducing the Resilient Catholic: Carpe Diem! Community
- a psychologically minded, faithful, orthodox Catholic who loves the Coronavirus Crisis: Carpe Diem! podcast?
- interested in connecting deeply with other like-minded Catholics to share experiences and journey together on the road to salvation?
- committed to learning to receive love and to better love God and neighbor?
- seeking greater psychological and spiritual resilience in these troubled times?
dissatisfied with your current relationships because they seem too shallow, too secular, too few, too limited, or too indifferent to sound psychology?
- A completely unique, vibrant, active online Catholic community growing in relationship with one another while learning to authentically love and be loved
- Easily accessible and understandable cutting-edge, online professional resources – all solidly grounded in a Catholic worldview – to increase our resilience that we might not just survive on our own, but flourish together, embracing God’s Providence in these difficult times.
- An exclusive relational networking app (not Facebook) connecting like-minded Catholics around the world for camaraderie, solidarity and friendships.
The RCCD community is temporarily closed to new members so we can refine our programming. It will reopen in early 2021. Put your name on the waiting list today!
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
- Matthew 18:20
Grace does not destroy nature, but perfects it.
- St. Thomas Aquinas
I am Dr. Peter Malinoski, a Catholic clinical psychologist who wants to bring together a community of Catholics who are serious about shoring up our natural foundations on which to build the fullness of the Catholic spiritual life.
We are bringing together Catholics who want to learn better how to tolerate being known and loved (it’s not as easy as it may sound), and who want to learn better how to understand and love others. And I mean “love” in the sense of authentic Christian charity, in the sense of agape, not romantic love.
"The RCCD community offers an opportunity for transformation and integration in a trusting and lovingly authentic Catholic environment. In a world filled with fear and anger, Dr. Peter Malinoski is leading a devoted community toward a greater and deeper trust in God and our heavenly mother, Mary. Be still. Be silent. Be loved."
- Diane Salem, Rockville, MD
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
- Matthew 22: 36-39
I’ve spent the last 19 years as a Catholic psychologist
- focused on how to remove psychological obstacles to being loved by God and others and loving God and others in individual work and in groups, both in person and online
- worked with hundreds of individuals who used the space in their individual and group work to practice being loved and loving, and have grown much more resilient
- appeared as a guest on EWTN Radio’s Doctor Doctor show and presented at the Catholic Psychotherapy Association meeting
- published a number of articles in professional journals
"The Resilient Catholic: Carpe Diem! podcast from Souls and Hearts has been instrumental in helping me navigate these turbulent times. Dr. Peter Malinoski is leading this journey with care and compassion. Dr. Peter’s podcasts and the involvement of the online community members have helped me better understand God’s providence as I deal with the circumstances of my daily life."
- Jonathan Ruffing, Indianapolis, IN
Our community is not about therapy
The Resilient Catholics: Carpe Diem! Community (RCCD Community) is not about therapy. We do not do therapy in the RCCD community. Even though most of our members are in their own therapy or have been in the past, RCCD membership isn’t a substitute for therapy.
Over the last few years, I have focused on ways that people heal outside of formal individual, group, marital, and family therapy. These therapies, as helpful and important as they are, don’t have a monopoly on healing and growing. Instead of doing therapy, we bring in approaches from life coaching, education, pastoral work, support groups, and from other fields and disciplines.
In the RCCD community, we have a training ground for the real hands-on work of loving and being loved. Members can stretch themselves to reach out and connect to others via discussion posts, private messages, in our online Zoom meetings and workshops, book clubs and in other ways. We work on being attuned to each other, really understanding each other and being with each other.
And it works. Members are healing. Members are growing.
"I love the way Souls and Hearts offers content that integrates the Catholic Faith and psychology. It is helpful in my ministry as well as my personal life. Being a member of the RCCD community has been a rich experience that has stretched me beyond my comfort zone to a greater freedom as I walk alongside a beautiful group of individuals all seeking to grow in our Faith. New and meaningful relationships are forming across the globe. How beautiful is the Body of Christ!"
“Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye."
- Matthew 7:5
What the RCCD community isn’t:
- It’s not a place for getting into political arguments or flame wars
- We don’t focus on social justice issues or social/political activism
- It’s not a place to badmouth the pope, bishops, priests, government officials, atheists, or anyone else
- We don’t try to “fix” each other. Instead, our goal is to “be with” each other, and trust that God’s authentic love reflected in us and through us heals us and our neighbor
What guides the RCCD community:
Humility and Charity
A childlike trust and absolute confidence in God our Father and Mary our Mother
A focus on contemplation and union with God and Mary
Now, you may be thinking, “This all sounds too good to be true. I’ve been in online groups, even Catholic groups, before and it wasn’t anything like this rosy description.”
I hear the skepticism. I welcome it. If this RCCD community is for real, it should be able to answer the challenges. In fact, I deliberately have not really advertised the RCCD community all that much prior to this because I wanted to see if it would work out. In spite of the 15 years of discernment in launching this endeavor, I had my doubts. “Online? Virtual? Really?” Really.
"This community is about being real. Real with God, real with others, and especially real with ourselves."
- Martha, West Lafayette, IN
"Making sense of self and the world around me through the lenses of my Catholic faith, psychology, and community is making all the difference!"
- Joyce Lynn, Monument, CO
Consider for yourself – do you resonate with the Coronavirus Crisis: Carpe Diem Podcast? How about our show Be With the Word? Or the guest appearances I have made on other shows? Or other aspects of Souls and Hearts?
Consider the benefits of the RCCD community:
- Connections and relationships with likeminded Catholics from all over the world via our exclusive Mighty Networks app
- Special Zoom meetings and webinars with me, Dr. Peter
- Informative community discussions of each podcast episode
- Premium bonus podcast episodes for RCCD members only
- Special tips, techniques and exercises for RCCD members only
- Polls, Q&As and workshops on special topics (we’ve done them on grief/loss and stress management so far)
- Book clubs
- A study guide on problematic God images
- And a lot more.
During the last two months of 2020, we're closing the community to new members so we can refine our programming. We're working with our initial cohort of community members to make sure we're delivering excellent services and content, taking their experience, feedback and interactions into consideration.
We'll be reopening the community to new members in 2021. If you want to be notified when this happens, just join our wait list now!
Feel free to contact me at [email protected] or on my cell at 317.567.9594 if you have questions.
In Christ and His Mother,
Peter Malinoski, Ph.D.