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.
I’ve heard it said that 90% of the things we worry about never happen. Now an optimist would readily drop the worry and realize how useless it really is. A pessimist, on the other hand, would think, “Wow, worrying is pretty effective!”
Now I have to admit, my melancholy temperament is prone to worry and that second comment was my own. Of course, I said it tongue in cheek but deep down, I think for many of us veteran worriers, we believe there’s some truth to that idea- that somehow we stave off bad things by worrying to keep them at bay.
“The Most Holy Virgin, in these last times in which we live, has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, temporal or especially spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary."
God sometimes allows us some tough trials in life, both emotionally and physically, but always with a greater purpose in mind. In the book of Tobit we see God's response to the prayers of two good people, Tobit and Sarah, who were dealing with crushing misfortune and were at the end of their patience.
We all are heartsick over the terrible news about the death of beloved actor/comedian, Robin Williams. A popular icon in America, Williams was loved by so many fans and his death by suicide is simply devastating.
I remember when I was very young and an actor that I liked committed suicide. At the top of his popularity on the hit show “Alias Smith and Jones”, Pete Duel took his life on the morning of New Year’s Eve, 1971. It was my first experience of “knowing” someone who took his own life and it deeply affected me.