The Raphael Remedy

2020’s Important Takeaway for Catholics

by | Oct 14, 2020 | Mental Health

When we look back at 2020, I suspect many will be happy to finally be looking back at it! It certainly has been a trying year. But I think history will look back at 2020 as the beginning of the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. This has been a year of revelation for sure. Deeply rooted corruption is being exposed in every institution at breathtaking speed and many are waking up and taking note. It’s the great awakening as many contend.

What we are seeing is a world of deception in so many ways. The mainstream media, social media, the tech giants and many in positions of power in the government, and even some within the Church, are being unmasked for the deceivers and tyrants they are. Language and emotions have been skillfully manipulated to cause confusion, fear, and compliance like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

I think an important takeaway for us as Catholics is this: “Catholic” is simply no longer a descriptive term, and hasn’t been for quite some time. Clearly in politics, being Catholic is good if you defy the teachings of the Church, and reprehensible if you actually live by them—whatever suits their agenda. Sadly many Catholics fall too easily for it. Many people of good will, simply don’t know what the Church teaches or why.

The main reason I started was to offer a database of individuals who are carefully screened for faithful adherence to Church teaching. Anyone can claim to be a Catholic therapist, but only those who are actually faithful and practicing Catholics can be listed on Sadly, many dioceses and parishes offer referral lists of therapists but rarely screen those on it to be sure they are actually grounded in the truth of church teaching.

We need to be very careful—as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves more than ever today. We are walking through a spiritual minefield and when it comes to seeking help for yourself or your family, the wrong therapist can do some real damage, not only spiritually, but psychologically as well. After all it’s the truth, and only the truth, that sets us truly free.

The same holds for schooling and education. Many institutions label themselves as Catholic but their teaching is far from anything recognizable as such. We need to arm ourselves with knowledge, pray for discernment and make prudent decisions, especially when it comes to the critically important formation of our children.

We’re in a pivotal moment in history where the battle lines are crystal clear and the victory is in sight. Don’t allow yourself to be frightened by the storm in which we find ourselves. I know it’s furious. I know your children have been attacked and in many cases, taken hostage. It’s ugly. It’s frightening. It’s easy to despair but don’t. Like the wolf in the story of the Three Little Pigs, the devil will huff and puff and try to blow your house down, but if it’s firmly grounded on the Rock it will stand and stand strong.

We were told in Genesis when God addressed the serpent after the fall of Adam and Eve:

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and your seed and hers. She shall crush your head and you shall lie in wait for her heel.”

Our Lady assured us the same at Fatima:

“In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

Now is the time to decide what you will believe—the words of the Bible and Our Lady, or the illusions and deceptions presented by the world. Remember, the battle is not of flesh and blood but of principalities. Avoid division especially with your families. Your emotions may take a while to catch up but believing is ultimately an act of the will. At times it may feel like that decision is akin to hanging onto to the mast as the ship is tossed to and fro. But remember, Jesus can calm the storm with one word.

We are on the winning team. Do. Not. Doubt. Do. Not. Give up. Pray, fast and trust. God’s got this.

Allison Ricciardi, LMHC
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