Carried in His Grace

BY MAUREEN O'CONNELL

It was February 2017 and I was leading a group at church through Dr. Greg’s Catholic Mindfulness course. I was also 9 weeks pregnant with our fifth child. We had just started week 5 of the course. We were reading about how, when faced with difficulties, we tend to avoid them and how “in the midst of our deepest pain, we want to be in control. We want to be able to ask “why?” and have an answer that is acceptable to us.”

Week 5 of the Catholic...

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Abundant Fruit of Catholic Mindfulness

catholic mindfulness Feb 24, 2020

A Tree is Known by its Fruit ~Luke 6:43

[Guest Post by CPI therapist Maureen O’Connell]

How often do you delete marketing emails? If you’re like me about five per day. I feel like I’m constantly unsubscribing myself from marketing lists that I never even signed up for. And constantly deleting emails that I never even open! So when I received Dr. Greg’s email back in September 2016 announcing his new Catholic Mindfulness course, I was tempted toward my...

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A Word on Acceptance

Thanks to Amy Sherlock of Healthy Homes Fertility Care for this guest post on acceptance and trust in the face of infertility.


I started this blog post over two weeks ago.  I wrote the title, then placed the cursor into the body of the post, and promptly commenced staring blankly at the screen.  Even now, I’m not quite sure where this is headed.

But I do know why it’s been difficult to write.  Not just in general, since life always seems to throw some curve balls...

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Catholic Mindfulness is Not Centering Prayer

catholic mindfulness Feb 22, 2020

Recently there have been one or two threads of concern popping up in regard to my teaching of Catholic Mindfulness. As my concern is always to lead people towards greater flourishing through a deepening encounter with Christ, I publish my response here to one such concerned author. I hope this is received in a spirit of charity and openness to truth as that is how it is being written.

The text from the original post appears in [green] and my response in black.

Why am I addressing...

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How to Win at New Year's Resolutions

healthy living Feb 21, 2020

Every New Years the blog posts sound the same. If I hadn’t learned a few game-changers in the last year, I wouldn’t be adding to the noise. I want to share with you a few simple brain hacks that, if put into practice, will help you maintain your New Years resolutions this year.

These are the secrets to unlocking your greatest potential. Some of them might sound weird, but if you put them into practice, you will win your New Years resolutions. These tips are not for...

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I'll Be Home for Christmas

Christmas; The celebration of Christ’s birth, and typically, lots of family time. Even though it’s supposed to be a time of greater joy, for a lot of people the increased family time can equal greater stress.

It is possible, however, to navigate even the stormiest of family waters while retaining your joy for the season. It isn’t necessarily easy, but with a few tricks in mind, it is possible. Here are a few “mind-hacks” to help you get through it well.

1) Be...

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Abortion Hurts Women, Despite Flawed Research

“Abortion is found to have little effect on women’s mental health.”

WHAT?!

Is this dribble really still being published in 2016?

First of all, there are so many flaws with this study that you can literally tear it apart line for line. Let’s just look at two. I am quoting here from the [ New York Times article ] about this study:

“Called the Turnaway Study and run by the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health program at the University of...

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Our Mom of Guadalupe

anxiety faith parenting Feb 18, 2020

Our Lady of Guadalupe is such a fascinating apparition of the Blessed Mother. First of all, she poses a real problem to non-believers as she left behind scientifically scrutinized, undeniable proof of a miracle. There is no honest way for “I’ll believe it when I see it” atheists to exist (or protestants who don’t believe in the importance of Mary for that matter). If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google is your friend. Look up “scientific...

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Do Not Be Anxious About the Things of Your Life

How many times have you set out to get somewhere and you surprise yourself when you get there? “Oh wow, I’m here already?!” If you were driving, you might wonder if you actually stopped at a certain red light because you have no recollection of it, or you wonder in amazement at the fact that you know a route so well you can travel it without thinking about it. Chances are, you were still thinking, just not about where you were going. Your mind was probably...

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We're Back in Manhattan!

catholic psychology Feb 16, 2020

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE CATHOLICPSYCH INSTITUTE AND THE GIANNA CENTER IN NY.

 As we are a union of body and spirit, treatment for disease and disorder should be approached with both body and spirit in mind. Catholic Psychology takes this union into account, and so does Catholic Medicine. Referrals have been made between the Gianna Center for Women’s Health and CatholicPsych Institute for years, so we have finally decided to make the trip from one...

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