As Advent begins our thoughts often turn to the gifts we’re hoping to receive and what gifts to get for loved ones. It can be quite a challenge. But how often do we think of the real gifts that we should be asking for?
As I meditate on the Rosary mysteries throughout the year, I usually preface each decade by asking for a virtue associated with that mystery. For instance, for the Resurrection I ask for Faith and for the Ascension- Hope. I’m not original…got it from a rosary prayer meditation guide years ago.
But when it comes to the Birth of Jesus, I get very bold and ask for 3 virtues.
In 24 years I’ve seen a lot of clients, mostly Catholic and Christian. And because I am a specifically Catholic therapist (ie. I integrate the faith into the process and follow the teachings of the Church), many of the clients I see will discuss their troubles not only from a psychological point of view but from a spiritual perspective as well. Many seek therapy because they are troubled by past sins and in some cases, present sins from which they cannot seem to break free.
Let’s face it…this “season of joy” is often a season of stress, angst and irritation. Families can be wonderful but there’s usually one or two that challenge even the most Christian among us.
Here are some tips:
There’s a question for you! Why pray? It seems obvious. We pray because we want something and we think that God can give it to us. That’s probably why most people pray. But could it be there’s more to it?
The thing that used to really confuse me about prayer was this addendum…to ask for what we want but with the stipulation “If it’s Your will”. Hmmm…if it’s God’s will, won’t it happen anyway?
We all want God’s blessings in our lives. At least we claim to want them. Those struggling with more than their fair share of misfortune especially pray for God to intervene and make things better. And well we should…Jesus tells us to pray persistently and unceasingly. And yet, for some it seems their prayers go unanswered. Year after year they struggle with faith, hoping against hope that God will finally come through, seemingly to no avail.
What a whirlwind it has been with the reports of the Synod over the past week!
And now that the first part of the Synod has come to a close… I can’t help but notice all the confusion that has set in! The media is now bombarding us with article titles such as “Bishops Scrap Welcome to Gays” and “Catholic Synod: Pope Francis setback on gay policy”.
Audio of Allison Ricciardi, LMHC on Relevant Radio's 'The Drew Mariani Show' on the topic: Behavioral and Mental Health Issues
In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first full week of October as 'Mental Illness Awareness Week' (MIAW).
Listen as Allison discusses why a good model of mental health must necessarily include the spiritual aspect of the human person and that goal of psychotherapy is to re-integrate man as a complete physical, rational, emotional and spiritual being.
We mourn the loss today of a great friend, Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR.
A priest, psychologist, stalwart defender of the unborn and advocate for the poor, Fr. Benedict was called home on the eve of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, his great patron.
Veterans Day, one of our national “holy days,” will come upon us soon. A topic that is rarely discussed is that of "The Soldier Saints". The term seems antithetical yet there are many saints who were in the military and some who, because of their distinguished service, are now patrons of the military. The Armor Association honors outstanding members such as General George Patton with a decoration called The Order of St. George. St. Maurice’s exploits as a Roman Soldier caused him to be named the Patron of Infantry.
September 29th, the Feast of the Archangels marks the beginning of a powerful novena of feast days. We get particularly excited here about this day because of our dedication to the Archangel Raphael, the angel sent to heal and guide in the Book of Tobit. But St. Michael is also an important intercessor that we rely on. As the world seems to be getting darker as we hear of all that’s going on in Iraq and Syria with the advancement of ISIS and the horrific persecution of Christians there, I think this week takes on particular significance in terms of a prayer agenda for all Christians.