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Believing In A Loving Universe
Written by Allison Ricciardi, L.M.H.C.   


allison nametitleWe hear this a lot these days. From Hollywood stars to Oprah to perhaps even your Catholic friends. Having a positive attitude and believing that there are forces on your side that will help you succeed and have a happy life certainly seems like a good thing. Isn’t it just positive thinking? Well, let’s take a closer look.

From a strictly logical perspective, the “universe” is composed of inanimate planets, gases and matter which, in and of themselves, cannot love in any real sense. It’s scientifically and psychologically untenable. If you were to present yourself to any psychiatrist worth his salt saying that Saturn and Mercury were sending you messages of love and causing your stocks to go up, you’d most certainly be leaving that office with a prescription. And well you should!


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Cultural Discontent and Teen Eating Disorders
Written by Gloria Lange, RN, LCSW   


plate-with-measuring-tapeContemporary society is in a constant state of discontent. Our culture and the media unapologetically disseminates the message that the current state of things is never good enough: happiness is always just one more quick-fix away, the grass is always greener on the other side, thin, pretty, and rich are good, but thinner, prettier, and richer are always better, etc.

This kind of messaging can be damaging to the psyche of well adjusted, self-aware, confident, and wise adults, but imagine what it has the potential to do in the mind of a teenager. When you combine that constant outward pressure to always be more, or less, or what-have-you, with the internal pressure felt by most teens to live up to the perceived expectations of others, mix in a few hormones and store in a building with other teens dealing with the same pressures, the result is a breeding ground for emotional damage.

In far too many cases, these negative pressures work to distort the teen’s self-image so much so that an eating disorder develops.  (With males as well as females.) Three of the most common types of eating disorders are: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge eating disorder.


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Nurturing Intimacy and Trust in Your Marriage
Written by Patti M. Zordich, Ph.D.   


dr patti zordichFor intimacy and trust to exist in marriages, we must be present and aware. This is simple, but not easy. Being present means that staying focused on the here and now, not thinking about some other time and place. It means that you are listening to the words your spouse is speaking, not thinking about something you have to do later.

When you are present in the moment with your spouse, you can be aware of his facial expressions, nonverbal communication, mood and needs. And when you are present with your spouse, he feels noticed by you and important to you. Staying present with your spouse in the moment is a small action, but over time it yields tremendous results in nurturing intimacy and trust in your marriage.


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Through Life's Storms....HOPE
Written by Chris Stravitsch   



In times of great darkness, when life does not make sense and the light of God seems like a faint memory, we must, with ever greater care, “approach [God] with a sincere heart and in absolute trust” (Hebrews 10:22).

Unfortunately, many people lose hope and enter despair from the overwhelming sufferings that come with such trials as chronic illness, family hardships, loss of loved ones, or nearing the end of life. Nevertheless, these are the times when we need God the most and when God’s heart suffers for us with great love. Our Creed begins with these words: “I believe in God.” We do not say this lightly; rather, it is a profound confession of faith and of hope. For if we believe in God then we must also trust in Christ’s promises, relying not on our own strength but on the Holy Spirit. So in times of crisis, let us “hold unwaver-ing to our confession that gives us hope, for he who made the promise is trustworthy” (Hebrews 10:23). God truly wants to journey with us through our darkest moments.


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Our Lady of Guadalupe - Prayer For Nation for Elections



Our Lady of Guadalupe     

Prayer For Nation



ct angel "Trust in the Lord with all your heart. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths."  Proverbs 3: 5-6