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Stop Calling It Sin
Written by Allison Ricciardi, L.M.H.C.   


allison nametitleThere are a lot of things going on in the world that we Catholics consider sinful. Adultery, abortion, fornication, sodomy…the list goes on. We’re living in a sinful and fallen world and we worry about souls being lost, especially those of our family members. After all, Jesus was very clear on right and wrong, and contrary to popular belief, talked quite candidly about a place called Hell. This God of mercy believed that those who didn’t repent would find themselves in a place where there would be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Could He really have been serious about that?

We have to face the fact that the world, along with many of our family members, does not see it that way. They simply don’t get the whole concept of sin. The word alone reeks of judgment and authoritarianism that seems simply outdated. So calling sin “sin”, as a sales pitch, just ain’t working.

I think we need to have a more logical approach to sin. Understand that sin simply describes behaviors or even attitudes that are not ultimately good for the human person or for society. A better approach is focusing on the logical consequences of those behaviors balanced with your concern for their welfare. Sometimes taking “sin” out of the conversation can open up the discussion.


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Back to School : Making it a Successful Family Transition
Written by Jennifer Ann Madere, MA, LPC-S   

Jennifer Ann Madere, MA, LPC-S


Adults, college students, and children everywhere are in back-to-school mode! It’s an exciting and stressful time for many.

Exciting - because it means a fresh start, new teachers and friends, new books, new clothes and embarking on a new step in life.

Stressful - because it involves many changes in routine, decisions, and potential for success or failure.

Whether you’re a parent, a college student, or trying to help a loved one through this normal but still challenging transition, follow these tips to have your best year yet and avoid burnout!


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Emotional Eating: 5 Reasons You Can't Stop
Written by Elizabeth Galanti, MBA, MA, LMHC   


elizabeth-galanti-lmhcFood and eating have become such a common source of unhappiness.

It’s astonishing to hear that the weight-loss industry in the United States hauls in $40 billion annually with diet pills, diet books, meal plans and surgical procedures. The number of people who are dieting at any given time is 100 million, with an average of 4-5 diets each year.

Yet, obesity continues to accelerate and the United States is facing a health epidemic related to excessive consumption.

Why has this occurred in a country with an abundance of food and endless choices?

Maybe you have forgotten or never learned how to be aware and fully present as you eat. You might eat mindlessly - without thinking. You might eat to soothe yourself and temporarily escape your emotions.

Why are you eating? Paying attention to the answer is key.


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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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ct angel"When Jesus saw the vast crowd His heart was moved with pity, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things."
Mark 6:34