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Don’t be Too Proud To Ask For Help When You Have Problems

February 4, AD2018 1 Comment
Don’t be Too Proud To Ask For Help When You Have Problems

The process of recognizing that you have a problem and then coming to the point where you actually do something about it is like a journey. I think that very often the journey is not a pleasant one. I have shared before here at CS, to some extent, how I recovered from a drinking problem, […]

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Contraceptives Hurt Women and Millennials May Agree

February 3, AD2018 22 Comments
Contraceptives Hurt Women and Millennials May Agree

[A] man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium [emphasis added] reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care […]

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Fat Bombs and God

January 28, AD2018 4 Comments
Fat Bombs and God

In the spiritual life, we are pitted against the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Its warfare and our opponents manifest in many ways, some more obvious than others. One doesn’t have to scan television, or music on the radio, very far to encounter anti-Christian or anti-Christ messages there. It screams, “Hey, don’t follow Christ […]

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Autism: Moving from Tolerance to Acceptance to Empowerment

January 26, AD2018 1 Comment
Autism: Moving from Tolerance to Acceptance to Empowerment

Really Listen to a Voice of Autism They said to persevere. I began to perseverate. They discouraged me. Be joyful they said. I flapped my hands with a joyful feeling. Not like that they said. They used a lot of words whereas I had not many. They said I needed to speak like them and […]

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Can You Hear My Prayers, God?

January 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Can You Hear My Prayers, God?

Can You Hear Me, God? Can you hear me, God? I have a strong faith. I know He always hears me, yet my prayers do not always get answered the way I want them answered. And when they consistently don’t, I get bouts of being fed up and annoyed with the Big Guy. Then remorse for […]

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PTSD, Veterans, and the Wisdom of the Bible

January 6, AD2018 0 Comments
PTSD, Veterans, and the Wisdom of the Bible

Sebastian Junger is an author that has written several books such as The Perfect Storm and A Death in Belmont. His most recent work concerns war. Mr. Junger embedded almost 15 months with a US Army infantry unit in the Korangal Valley in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008. His and the soldiers’ experiences during their […]

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Holiness is Not About Being Nice

January 3, AD2018 2 Comments
Holiness is Not About Being Nice

I used to think I had reached the peak of holiness in my life. I went to mass, confession and prayed somewhat regularly. I had studied theology and dedicated myself to a youth group and ministry. What could be holier than that? Then I started going to confession more regularly with a spiritual director and […]

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Hope with Realism: Confiding in God and Overcoming Addiction

December 28, AD2017 0 Comments
Hope with Realism: Confiding in God and Overcoming Addiction

It began with those 5Ds- distance, duality, disillusionment, denial, and despair. Distance was to put up an unnecessary wall with others. Duality was that double life where one wore masks and played the games. Disillusionment was to not find satisfaction and to be afraid of one’s feelings and emotions where the only thought was to […]

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From Forgiveness to Forgetness

November 8, AD2017 0 Comments
From Forgiveness to Forgetness

Forgive and forget. Really? Is there such a thing as forgetness of sins? Remembering who or what has hurt us and how is part of self-preservation, isn’t it? Once burned–twice shy. We need to remember how not to get hurt so that we can function. But does God? And if we are to be like […]

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Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part II

October 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part II

In my previous post (Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part I), I discussed the idea of “The Competitive Christian” and God’s call to use our competitive nature on our journey towards heaven. We recognized our opponent, identified the importance of practice, emphasized the transference of competition to the spiritual realm, and touched on the idea of striving […]

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Reflections on Friends Dying

October 10, AD2017 0 Comments
Reflections on Friends Dying

The last four summers have been a time period where I have experienced many deaths of very close friends – two within the past month alone. It’s as if I have entered a new “normal” where it seems that deaths and memorial services are now a regular part of the summer season. On a practical […]

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The Heartbreak of Making End of Life Decisions

October 8, AD2017 3 Comments
The Heartbreak of Making End of Life Decisions

Two years ago, my mother-in-law entered a hospice facility. She was afraid to die and afraid to be alone, so I stayed at the hospice center with her. One of her friends came everyday around noon to relieve me and then I’d go back later in the afternoon and stay the night. After about ten […]

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Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part I

September 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part I

I was privileged enough to play collegiate baseball for four years and professionally for two years before riding into the sunset of retirement where the real challenge began- figuring out how to relate my athletic experience to everyday life. My whole athletic life was spent striving for goals that were physically attainable if I put […]

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What Our TV Shows Say About Us

September 4, AD2017 3 Comments
What Our TV Shows Say About Us

I live in Portugal and both children and adults watch countless hours of TV a week, I would bet more than in the United States. Some people like to have the TV on constantly “for company” and few children have their TV viewing limited. Most of the TV shows watched in Portugal are American with […]

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A Catholic Approach to the Suicide Epidemic

August 31, AD2017 2 Comments
A Catholic Approach to the Suicide Epidemic

Recently, two great musicians passed away: Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. Both committed suicide. Chester Bennington was a huge fan of Cornell when he was younger. At one point he even got to tour with Cornell. In his open letter to Chris Cornell after his death, Mr. Bennington wrote, “You have inspired me in many […]

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Who Am I? A Sinner

Who Am I?  A Sinner

Early on in the pontificate of Pope Francis, during an interview, when asked who he was Pope Francis responded with the statement “I am a sinner.”  At the time, this statement was used in the U.S., to exclaim the humbleness and relatable-ness of Pope Francis to the everyday person.  In the light of recent events […]

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A Father Remembered

August 2, AD2017 3 Comments
A Father Remembered

I was in shock standing in the front pew of the church at my father’s service (a traditional funeral was not held). Monsignor was at the podium saying kind words about the departed. But he knew my family’s situation for almost a decade before this day. The turmoil and chaos in my household was something […]

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In Anxiety, Little Girl Get Up and Trust Like Mary Did

July 31, AD2017 0 Comments
In Anxiety, Little Girl Get Up and Trust Like Mary Did

He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. [At that] they were utterly astounded. He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be […]

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Embrace The Four Eyes Within You

July 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Embrace The Four Eyes Within You

I will never forget the trauma which my vision problems gave me growing up. I had myopia and astigmatism which made every eye test a humiliating experience. Nearly every kid in the class had better vision than I did.  They would read off the letters like brushing their teeth while I stumbled and fumbled through […]

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Our Bodies Were Designed by God to Move

June 29, AD2017 1 Comment
Our Bodies Were Designed by God to Move

Summertime has arrived and the health clubs are advertising to get members to “get in shape for the beach”. Unfortunately for many, it ends up a fleeting incentive to sustain activity over time. Over the years I have been involved in educating and training thousands of individuals and organizations to be more physically active. A […]

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Catholics and Mental Illness: Coming Out of the Shadows

May 13, AD2017 24 Comments
Catholics and Mental Illness: Coming Out of the Shadows

Since mental illness is as common and invisible among the faithful as it is in secular circles,  concern for mental health cannot simply be relegated to the secular sphere, especially during Mental Health Awareness month in May. I admit the topic of how and why Catholics experience mental illness might seem completely irrelevant to most Catholics. […]

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Pornography and Mortification

May 6, AD2017 6 Comments
Pornography and Mortification

Pornography as we know it is still a very new reality. New studies come out with frequency that reveal pornography’s harmful effects on users. Addictions used to be thought of as only linked to substances, but we now know that what triggers pleasure in the brain without any substance, such as pornography, can also cause […]

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Dark Night or Spiritual Sloth?… Maybe Both!

April 30, AD2017 6 Comments
Dark Night or Spiritual Sloth?… Maybe Both!

I started off Lent with lofty plans on boosting my prayer life, a firm purpose of amendment to avoid sin and to fast. I failed miserably on every level, sinking into the comforting thought that I am simply enduring the dark night of the soul. I reasoned that I am experiencing what St. John of […]

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Chastity of Time

April 11, AD2017 0 Comments
Chastity of Time

Overwhelmed In their book, “Overwhelmed:  How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity,” authors Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory, evangelical Christians, offer readers a plan for reordering their lives away from a constant state of feeling overwhelmed.  I have not read the book but spent a half hour of “mom time” (waiting in a […]

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