We all know someone like this. No matter what they do or who they deal with they get the short end of it - or “screwed” to use a more popular phrase. I’m always amazed with certain people as it seems to be infallible for them. The mechanic, their boss, their coworkers, the doctor, the bank teller, the plumber, the contractor…you name it. They always seem to get screwed over despite the pains they take to protect themselves. Not trusting anyone, they go out of their way to prevent any possibility of being taken advantage of, and yet Boom!
I didn’t have much faith formation as a kid. Sure, I went to catechism like most everyone else in those days but I don’t remember learning too much. I was a very shy and sensitive child and for some reason my best friend, Annette, and I were put in different classes - hers marked “A” and mine “B.” I can still remember the first day of orientation in the school gym, sitting in the bleachers with my class, in which I didn’t know a soul.
Beginning, September 12th – every Monday evening – for 6 weeks
(Ends: Monday, October 17th)
TIME: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
TOPICS INCLUDE: Navigating Young Adulthood, Boundaries / Healthy Relationships, The Temperaments, Emotional Wholeness, Cultivating Interior Peace
As a people of faith we have hope even when the days around us seem darker than ever before. All that was once held dear in America is held in contempt and we see all manner of bedlam and anarchy on a rampage as we approach the presidential election. But, there is hope if we use the spiritual weapon Our Lady told us to use.
Join me in being part of the solution: Join the Rosary Crusade for Our Nation
I remember it like it was yesterday…that shocking moment in the basement so long ago. I was probably about five or six and was with my mom looking for something when she made a casual comment that began with “when I was a little girl….”
Now, I don’t remember her story but that line jumped out and has stayed with me until today.
Many good and intelligent people say they don't believe in hell or the devil because God is good and forgiving and would never condemn anyone to unending suffering.
Would a loving God truly send people to hell? It seems so contradictory, doesn’t it? Or is even hell a manifestation of God’s mercy?
Allison Ricciardi explores this topic in God’s Not Mean So Hell’s Not Possible.
Heaven…our heart’s deepest longing and desire…or at least it should be. It’s hard to imagine what to really expect. We all have our own ideas and hopes about what it will be like. But the bottom line is the same for all of us: heaven will be a place of unending happiness and bliss.
Scripture gives us this hope: no more weeping or mourning and every tear will be wiped away. So how are we to know for sure and how do we know the way to get there?
It doesn’t come naturally to pray for someone who has hurt you but it is exactly what Jesus asks us to do. There’s good psychology behind it though.
Read Two Reasons to Pray For Those Who Hurt You written by Allison Ricciardi, LMHC and discover why what doesn’t seem natural, nor easy, is for your best.
It’s not hard to find victims today - individuals and groups of people who have been hurt, marginalized, violated, or humiliated. We live in a tough world which seems to be getting tougher all the time. For many their gripes are legitimate. They got a bad deal or a bad rap. Sometimes it wasn’t their fault at all, and other times, it wasn’t entirely their fault. Their punishment for mistakes, or poor judgment, seems to well exceed their crimes. They are angry, bewildered, and frustrated. Most of us can relate to some extent as none of us are immune to hurt in this world.