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The Grace of the Catholic Church While Grieving Suicide

May 12, AD2018 2 Comments
The Grace of the Catholic Church While Grieving Suicide

Unimaginable Loss Tragedy struck our family in February of this year. My 47-year-old aunt Jeannine, with whom I was close, committed suicide during a night when she was lost in deep despair. A despair we hadn’t known she battled, until we read her journal entries after the fact. Our family has been and continues to […]

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Acts of the Disciples: Discipleship and Assisted Living

May 1, AD2018 0 Comments
Acts of the Disciples: Discipleship and Assisted Living

After journeying through the first two “acts” of discipleship (dependent and independent) we arrive at the third and final act (assisted), where increasing amounts of assistance become necessary to successfully complete the last leg of the voyage that is life on Earth. Moving from the dependence of childhood through the independence of adulthood, the last […]

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Sensory Play, Prayer, and Catholic Adults

April 29, AD2018 2 Comments
Sensory Play, Prayer, and Catholic Adults

I have recently purchased a preschool curriculum that is all about “sensory play”. Let them get dirty, “say yes” to the mess, let them explore through their senses is the idea. If you look up “sensory play” on Pinterest, you will see that this is a trending idea. In fact, there are studies that show […]

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My Prayer for Divine Mercy

April 6, AD2018 7 Comments
My Prayer for Divine Mercy

We must all pray for Divine Mercy. God’s mercy is infinite, as St. Faustina tells us. God hungers for us to turn to Him in our times of trial so that we can find relief in His mercy. When I reveal to others that my depression and anxiety have worsened over the last several months, […]

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Learning to Give by Caring for My Sister

April 3, AD2018 1 Comment
Learning to Give by Caring for My Sister

My sister Mary has dementia. I have been caring for her for about four years now. Dementia is an affliction that is difficult to deal with and it’s even more difficult to get used to. I live with Mary in the house we inherited from our father. Neither she nor I have ever been married […]

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Selah: How Big Is Your Trust Bucket?

March 27, AD2018 2 Comments
Selah: How Big Is Your Trust Bucket?

There is no small amount of discussion and even controversy over the meaning of the Hebrew word Selah. There are those who are firmly in the camp that believe the word is simply a term which gives musicians directions, such as adagio. On the other side, there are many who ascribe a more literary meaning […]

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Self-Help, Self-Diagnose, the Bible and the Church

March 23, AD2018 1 Comment
Self-Help, Self-Diagnose, the Bible and the Church

” this spiritual worldliness lurks behind a fascination with social and political gain, or pride in their ability to manage practical affairs, or an obsession with programs of self-help and self-realization.” – Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel In my personal time, I enjoy reading self-help and religious books. I find it interesting to get guidance […]

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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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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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