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Opening Our Hearts For Happiness
Written by Allison Ricciardi, L.M.H.C.   

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We all have goals, plans and dreams for our lives.  It’s normal. It’s not a bad thing.  If we don’t set goals for where we want to be, chances are we’ll wind up somewhere else.  But over and over again, I see people making themselves miserable when those plans don’t work out as expected.  I know. I did it myself and struggled with years of angst.  

The danger lies in becoming attached to our plans, to whatever it is that WE think will make us happy.  We usually don’t even recognize that we’re doing that.  Often the things we are praying for are natural and reasonable - a spouse, children, a nice home, financial security etc.  But sometimes God says 'no' or delays and we become frustrated and may even lose hope.  Since we didn’t get that which we believe will make us happy we unconsciously decide to be unhappy.

 How many times have you heard someone say,“If x doesn’t happen or if so and so does this then I’m going to be really mad”?   Without even realizing it, we’ve made a decision to be unhappy and we lose our peace.  That’s not the way to pray!

 

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Abortion Hurts, Jesus Heals
Written by Dana Mayeux Nygaard   

 

rosary-woman-forgiveness sorrow-699606 640“I killed my child,” the woman whispered in abject anguish as she was blessed with oil. She was not alone in her heartache, as the entire room was overflowing with raw, palpable grief from those brave enough to share their regret from being involved in one or more abortions. The room was a cacophony fluctuating between soundless cries to gut-wrenching sobs. Tissue boxes were decimated within minutes; and trashcans were overflowing with discarded tissues that were somber reminders of the heartache of loss.

As a volunteer therapist for Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats, I am privileged to walk with women and men on their journey of healing from the destruction of abortion. They are not monsters, but children of God who seek redemption through their suffering; and suffer, they do.  “Post-Abortion Syndrome” or PAS is a word coined by the pro-life advocate, Vincent Rue, Ph.D. Dr. Rue believes those that endure abortion submit to an immeasurably traumatic experience.

 

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Introduction to Theology of the Body
Written by Patti M. Zordich, Ph.D.   

 

dr patti zordichSt. Thomas Aquinas described the family as a "spiritual womb" that nurtures individuals into adulthood and into their roles of contributors to society. The family is the primary place for children to learn the language of love. When a family is healthy, children are nurtured to know themselves, their gifts, talents, strengths and weaknesses, to develop a balanced view of themselves and others, and to be able to love others.

As a developmental psychologist I'm quite familiar with the plethora of theories and research explaining essential role parental nurturing plays in the healthy development of children. In my work as a psychologist with foster care children as well as families overwhelmed by active addiction, incapacitating depression and grief, anger and hostility, and excessive scrupulosity, among others, I’ve seen first hand how children are harmed when loving, nurturing parenting is absent from their families.

I can't remember when I first heard about St. Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. It might have been around 2011 during a Project Rachel volunteer meeting with our spiritual director, Fr. Richard Rohrer. It was a brief introduction, but I was hooked. I wanted to know more.

 

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The Crucible of Marriage
Written by Sean E. Stevens, Ph.D   

 

church-wedding 352947 640One of the many blessings that flow from the Catholic Church’s unswerving stance against divorce – or better, for the permanence of marriage – is that the Catholic theology of marriage has a depth and richness rarely found in Protestant thought, and wholly foreign to secular thought.

Many threads make up the theology of Catholic marriage. Some threads do overlap with Protestant thought – e.g., marriage as an image of the union of Christ and the Church. Other threads tend not to, particularly those that focus on marriage as a pathway to holiness; as a “school” of sacrificial love; and as a microcosm of the Body of Christ – because Protestant thought tends not to emphasize holiness, sacrifice, and the Body of Christ. And any theology based on marriage as a sacrament, of course, is foreign to Protestantism.

Regarding marriage as a pathway to holiness: the Catholic tradition does not specifically endorse the romantic idea that I and my spouse were destined for each other, out of all people in the world (except in the general sense that all things fall under God’s direct or permissive will). However, once spouses enter into sacramental marriage – once they make the covenant – the spouse then becomes a particularly powerful means of sanctification, especially designed, by who he or she is, to make the other more like Jesus.


Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another (Proverbs 27:17)

 

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ct angel"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare not for woe, plans to give you a future full of hope." - Jeremiah 29:11