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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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Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

March 8, AD2017 10 Comments
Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

(One of our editors wanted to write about eating disorders and Lent. However, we remembered Anna Rose Meads gave a great explanation two years ago about why fasting from food is a huge “NO” for people suffering from eating disorders)  The fact that National Eating Disorders Awareness Week landed on the first week of Lent is […]

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Reassurances for Anxiety from Scripture and the Saints

May 29, AD2014 10 Comments
Reassurances for Anxiety from Scripture and the Saints

Everyone faces anxiety. A child embarks off without you, a difficult exam is next week, you have no idea what to expect at a job interview – we face all of these scenarios and more daily. By itself, anxiety is just an emotion like any other. There is nothing bad or sinful about it. God […]

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What If I Need to Eat? Non-Food Options for Fasting During Lent

April 3, AD2014 4 Comments
What If I Need to Eat? Non-Food Options for Fasting During Lent

As a child I loved Lent despite its  agonizing subject. Thinking about the death of Jesus brought tears to my eyes. Shivers ran up my spine whenever I spoke the words, “Crucify Him!” with the rest of the congregation. The long services filled with a multitude of people crammed into a small space made my […]

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Suffering from Mental Illness with the Saints

March 12, AD2014 10 Comments
Suffering from Mental Illness with the Saints

Growing up, I looked up to the saints as the ideal role models. If I wanted to explore or learn about new places, stories of St. Francis Xavier fueled my adventures. Frustration with school caused me to ask for the intercession of St. Thomas Aquinas. Stomach aches, travel, singing, cooking, searching for a lost item […]

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