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Treating the Wounded Soul

catholic psychology Feb 15, 2020

In psychotherapy, we are asked to face all of our insecurities, fears, regrets, guilt and shame. It can seem intrusive, foreign and taboo. How can embracing our pains in the presence of someone we don’t know lead to healing? The idea of therapy can push us away because it makes us feel as if there is something wrong with us. And what if someone found out we were going and judged us harshly?

I’d like to address some of these concerns by offering a little of the perspective...

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Why Our New Year's Resolutions Fail - And the One That Matters

healthy living Feb 14, 2020

The New Year: a time to symbolically start over. Resolutions provide an opportunity to “fix” ourselves and correct all of last year’s mistakes. We hope to discover a perfected, happier, better version of who we are.

You’ll find no shortage of articles in both secular culture and Catholic circles about how to improve ourselves. We set the bar at a nearly unattainable height for faith, family, finances, and health. “I should pray more.” “I should...

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Psychology in Star Wars: The Force Awakens - The Male Hero Has Vanished

femininity masculinity Feb 13, 2020

Let’s begin with an “opening crawl” of caveats:

FULL SPOILER ALERT. I’m going to be delving into some of the characters and plot points of Episode 7 from a psychological perspective, so if you haven’t seen it, get to the theater and come back and read!

  • I’m presuming that you are at least somewhat familiar with the franchise and can recall some of the major details of the earlier episodes.
  • I loved the film. It is refreshing to have Star Wars back on...
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How to Spot Emotional Abuse

abuse Feb 12, 2020

The immediate problems with 50 Shades of Gray are obvious. As a Catholic Psychologist, I wholeheartedly agree with everything being said regarding pornography and BDSM and unhealthy relationships. There are also some interesting points I’ve read regarding why women are so drawn to the books and movie relating to their unsatisfying sex lives. There’s a lot there to comment on and draw out, especially to explore the true meaning of sexuality and how to find fulfillment in...

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How the Church Can Understand Homosexuality

homosexuality identity Feb 11, 2020

Following the Synod on the Family, I’m really disappointed by how quickly the Catholic media went the way of the secular media and amplified the polarization between the two – a polarization that only feeds page clicks for advertising revenue-driven blog sites and not much more. My blog does not exist for page-clicks, and so even if no one reads this, I’d like to contribute (in my opinion) something positive and helpful to the conversation on homosexuality and the Catholic...

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My Time with Fr. Benedict

fr. benedict groeschel Feb 10, 2020

Not many married men can say they lived the religious life for a time. I had the very unique blessing of spending 3 and a half years as a Franciscan Friar. I could fill volumes on what I learned during that time in religious life in general, but I want to give a brief reflection here on what I learned specifically from Fr. Benedict Groeschel.

HUMILITY AND CHARITY

As a “postulant” in the community, I had the privilege of accompanying Fr. Benedict for a week as he taught a course on...

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Show Me Your Face

parenting Feb 09, 2020
THIS POST IS FROM OUR GUEST-AUTHOR JENNY UEBBING

“Mommy, make a happy face at me.”

I look up from the glow of my laptop, irritated, hearing for perhaps the 10th time that day my three-year-old son’s persistent request.

“Mommy’s working, honey. Please go downstairs and play legos.”

Tantrum, flailing, stomping, sibling pinching ensue. Consequences are meted out. Justice is served. Repeat cycle.

It has, of course, occurred to me that I spend too much time...

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Sexual Identity Crisis, One Thing Cardinal Dolan Got Wrong

homosexuality identity Feb 08, 2020

Cardinal Dolan has certainly been taking a beating lately with the issues of Fulton Sheen and the St. Patrick’s Day parade at the same time. In his response to the criticisms he has received for accepting the position of Grand Marshal for the parade, he voiced how much of a beating he has been taking, and I’m sure it’s not easy to be dealing with what he is going through as a public figure and leader in the Church. As one of his flock in the Archdiocese of New...

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The Truth About Robin Williams and Matt Walsh

depression/bi-polar Feb 07, 2020

Robin Williams has become more than a suicide victim, he has become a spokesman for depression and suicide. Opinions have been thrown across the interwebs and lots of conflict has emerged. This is what happens when evil happens. Suicide is an evil, as is all disease and every manifestation of it. In the wake of this horrible event, an event that occurs with alarming frequency in our world especially among young people, it makes sense that those left to mourn such a loss are confused and...

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Pope Francis Gives Keys to Happiness

positive psychology Feb 06, 2020

Pope Francis just revealed his opinion of 10 ways to find peace and happiness in a new interview. These principles are clearly based on a more generalized understanding of human nature and not so much on any religious interpretation, so he offers it to the whole world Catholic and non-Catholic alike. Here are his principles:

1. Live and let live.
This seems to go along with his 3rd principle. What is to be gained by trying to force others to live as you would have them live? Some might say,...

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