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Suicidal Thoughts

June 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Suicidal Thoughts

When you have a little time, please visit my website JohnCatoir.com, and scroll down past the white cross, then click on the left side under my portrait and view my VIDEO interview on the topic of Spiritual Joy. It has a section on suicidal thoughts, that has helped a lot of people. Suicidal Thoughts One […]

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Embracing the Broken-Hearted in Our Lenten Journey

February 26, AD2018 0 Comments
Embracing the Broken-Hearted in Our Lenten Journey

In this season of Lent we are drawn towards metanoia, the changing of our minds, a transformation of our thought by which also our heart and spirit will be transformed to draw closer to God. As we draw closer to the Lord we come to see Him in the face of our fellow human beings. […]

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Prayer- Now and at the Hour of Our Death

October 2, AD2017 0 Comments
Prayer- Now and at the Hour of Our Death

Stories about our horrific hurricane season will be told for weeks to come. Most will eventually be forgotten. However, there is one that I am sure will endure for years, namely the heroism of one Colette Sulcer of Beaumont, Texas. Sulcer’s car got stuck in a parking lot near an Interstate 10. It is unclear […]

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Fear and Faith – Focus on the Lord

September 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Fear and Faith – Focus on the Lord

  Fear and faith are not two sides of the same coin as that would make them binary, either or, all, or nothing.  Rather, they would be more easily seen as always being present, but in different proportions.  Take the example of the “glass half full”; the glass is always full if you expand your […]

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Fear, Trust, and Skinny-Dipping in the Platte

July 27, AD2017 1 Comment
Fear, Trust, and Skinny-Dipping in the Platte

I have trust issues. It’s precisely this fact about me which limits my public self-revelation, and which more than anything else explains why I’m still a bachelor in my middle age. In the imprecise, even sloppy way we use the word love, to love someone isn’t necessarily to trust them with our vulnerabilities. We have […]

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A REAL Approach to Counseling: Helping Teens Engage Fear

June 9, AD2017 1 Comment
A REAL Approach to Counseling: Helping Teens Engage Fear

We all have a moment in our lives when our innocence is lost, when we come to see that the world is sometimes a dangerous and fearful place. The sad reality is that we live in a culture of fear and personal pain that is the result of sin and selfishness. As a Catholic youth […]

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“Be Not Afraid”: Having Faith Despite Fear

May 26, AD2017 0 Comments
“Be Not Afraid”: Having Faith Despite Fear

The words “Be Not Afraid” are written 365 times in the Bible. That’s one for every day of the year. The fact that God has reminded us continuously throughout Sacred Scripture to have no fear and trust in Him brings great comfort to me. There have been many instances throughout my life where I have […]

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Love vs. Fear: How 1 John 4:18 Bears on Insecurity

May 25, AD2017 1 Comment
Love vs. Fear: How 1 John 4:18 Bears on Insecurity

Long, long ago, in the primeval depths of Chaos, a hideous monster was spawned. The sin of Adam unleashed it on the earth, permitting it to ravage him and his offspring. It crept up so stealthily that its victims might not even notice until after it had taken hold, sinking in teeth and claws, after […]

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Why We Are Responsible For The Crucifixion

May 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Why We Are Responsible For The Crucifixion

We often hear how our sins, were the cause of Jesus’ crucifixion. This is a pretty hard concept to accept for a couple reasons.  Most importantly, the Crucifixion happened almost 2000 years ago. It’s hard enough to imagine how peoples’ sins, prior to Jesus, were responsible for the Crucifixion, let alone the sins of people who […]

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No Terror By Night, or Day!

September 14, AD2015 0 Comments
No Terror By Night, or Day!

  On Friday we all reflected on the events of 9/11, 14 years ago.  It was been unavoidable, if you turned on a television, radio or looked at social media.  And that is a very good thing!  I for one mean it when echoing the sentiment, “We must never forget.” For many of my generation, […]

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Do You Not Yet Have Faith?

August 17, AD2015 0 Comments
Do You Not Yet Have Faith?

For me, the word yet jumps out most in this article’s title. When will we finally cast fears aside? Is it by choosing to focus on faith and ignoring the negative? The title of this article comes from a question Jesus asks His apostles in Mark 4:40 (“The Calming of The Sea”). Notice the contrast between […]

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Stand Still? I’m Wired to Fight or Run

August 14, AD2015 39 Comments
Stand Still?  I’m Wired to Fight  or Run

  The  secret to authentic interior freedom goes against every fiber of  our being. The answer to every crisis, every threat we will face in our lives on earth, is to stand still and trust. Easier said than done. As sinful humans, we are wired to fight  or run from any threat to ourselves or those […]

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Fearing the Silence

January 6, AD2015 6 Comments
Fearing the Silence

Why do we fear coming to God? Why does turning to God come only once we have no where else to turn in our trials? Rather than God being first, we turn instead to friends, family, spouses, culture, society, and only when other sources are exhausted do we turn to Christ in prayer. Obviously, these […]

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It’s Not Yours! Christmas and Covetousness

December 19, AD2014 8 Comments
It’s Not Yours! Christmas and Covetousness

Christmas shopping, menu planning, cookie exchanges, gift swaps, new TVs, new cars, new clothes … bells, carols, gold and glitter … snowflakes, tinsel and trees … these are all wonderful, happy things. We are still a country abundantly blessed, even in our hard economy. So, what’s been on my mind this Advent season are those […]

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Courage In The Face of Life’s Atrocities

December 9, AD2013 9 Comments
Courage In The Face of Life’s Atrocities

Do you ever contemplate how different your life might have been if you had been born in a different time, place and circumstances? Perhaps it is the curse of a creative mind; the writer’s relentless pursuit to share stories that compel the reader toward introspection or action.  I often place myself in “what if” scenarios […]

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Moving From Fear To Faith

February 22, AD2013 6 Comments
Moving From Fear To Faith

Since A Worrier\’s Guide To The Bible was released, I’ve been doing a lot of speaking about anxiety. As I visit various parishes, I encounter many people who are worried about a variety of things. And I have to admit that some of their problems are monumental. I have also met several individuals who have […]

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