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  • God’s Wisdom and Our Emotional Life

    God’s Wisdom and Our Emotional Life

    Allison Ricciardi, LMHC, January, 12 2017

    For many people, emotions can feel uncontrollable and overwhelming…a big source of stress. To them I would say, “They’re only feelings.” Even though they may feel strong and unsettling at times, they remain simply feelings. We have a choice whether we react to them or act on them. They come and go, ebb and flow, and can change quickly.....

  • More Blessed

    More Blessed

    Allison Ricciardi, LMHC, December, 14 2016

    It’s more blessed to give than to receive…Really?

    We’re all familiar with this saying of Jesus…but how many of us actually believe it? Too many of us, afraid of being doormats, pull back and would rather not be a giver. It’s understandable. There are many users out there and we’ve been hurt by them. Not only do we not want to get hurt again, we don’t want to enable them to use us. That’s prudent.

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer - Feast Day: DECEMBER 12th

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer - Feast Day: DECEMBER 12th

    The Raphael Remedy, December, 09 2016

    O Virgin of Guadalupe,
    Your appearance in Mexico changed the course of history.
    Human sacrifice ceased and millions were converted to Jesus Christ.

    Thank you for pointing us to Jesus your Son,
    The only Savior and hope of the world.

  • Facing the Holidays Post Election

    Facing the Holidays Post Election

    Allison Ricciardi, LMHC, November, 18 2016

    For many people the holidays are a mixed blessing. Visiting family has its upside but can also be a source of grave tensions. This year may be particularly challenging with all of the emotions connected to the recent presidential election. No matter which candidate you supported and voted for, contemplating the Thanksgiving table may fill you with some trepidation.

    Here are some tips that may help.

  • Join the Novena for Our Nation - Praying Grace Into Our New President!

    Join the Novena for Our Nation - Praying Grace Into Our New President!

    The Raphael Remedy, November, 17 2016

    It's time for all of us to join forces and pray for our nation and pray grace into our new President!

    The nation-wide prayer campaign - Novena for Our Nation - begins November 28th, the Feast of Saint Catherine Labouré (who received the apparition of the Miraculous Medal), and goes until January 20th, the Presidential Inauguration.

  • What Does the Scripture Mean -

    What Does the Scripture Mean - "Be angry but do not sin"?

    Allison Ricciardi, LMHC, November, 14 2016

    It seems everyone is angry about something these days. Perhaps you feel as if you’re constantly angry. The anger could be from some problem in our society, or a political result, or a personal situation or with a friend, family member or a co-worker.

    Anger is seen by most people as something to avoid and as something dangerous and detrimental. As Catholics, we are taught that one of the seven deadly sins is anger.

  • The Downside of Healing

    The Downside of Healing

    Allison Ricciardi. LMHC, November, 09 2016

    Imagine if you slipped into a coma when you were 13 years old. When you’re 40 you wake up, defying all medical odds and explanations. A miracle, for sure! No one can deny that. And yet, instead of being happy, you start to fall into a depression. So much has changed.  Your friends have grown up and had families of their own. Your parents have aged or passed onto eternity. And your siblings are frustrated with your ingratitude…

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe: Prayer For Nation

    Our Lady of Guadalupe: Prayer For Nation

    The Raphael Remedy, October, 26 2016

    O Virgin of Guadalupe, we turn to you in this urgent hour of our great need.
    Evil forces threaten our nation from without and from within.
    Pray for us, dear Mother...

    Show the mighty power God has entrusted to you to crush the head of the serpent.
    In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ,

  • Does Passion Trump Virtue?

    Does Passion Trump Virtue?

    Allison Ricciardi, LMHC, October, 14 2016

    That’s an interesting question. The answer probably seems obvious. Virtue wins all the time, right? I would think that but clearly God doesn’t seem to think so.

    Consider this. A man who lusted after a woman, finally has his way with her. She finds herself pregnant. Panicked, he makes a critical decision…he has her husband (a loyal friend of his) killed and the problem goes away.

  • Perspective Matters

    Perspective Matters

    Allison Ricciardi, LMHC, October, 12 2016

     

    I spent some time on the beach the other day, soaking in the last rays of summer. I noticed a plane soaring through the cloudless, azure sky. I watched as it got smaller and smaller before completely disappearing into the blue.

    I thought about the fact that at that moment what I saw go by was probably around 200 people having drinks, eating snacks, having conversations, or napping. 

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