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Easter - The Ultimate Reality

By Allison Ricciardi, L.M.H.C. | April 17, 2014 | 4 Comments

Easter - The Ultimate Reality

The glory of Easter morning! The horrific events of the crucifixion are eclipsed by joy, disbelief and astounding glory. He is risen. Truly risen. He has conquered death and with it, all sins that lead to death. We are saved. We are set free. It’s REALITY! The God who IS reality, “I AM” has told us, has proven Himself through His cross and resurrection.

We define mental illness, particularly psychosis, as not being in touch with reality: Paranoia that’s unfounded; seeing or hearing things that are not there; believing things that have no basis in fact. Unreasonable, unrelenting fear, hopelessness in spite of blessings in our lives define anxiety and depression- so rampant these days.

How many of us live in despair because of past sins, pain because of past hurts, anger because of past, or even present injustices? How many of us believe the lies of the evil one that tell us we’re no good, that we can’t be forgiven, that we can’t change the past and therefore are doomed for the future?

Lies. Lies we believe that hold us in chains- from the father of lies. Jesus is risen. He is the way, the TRUTH and the life. Easter is His testament to truth. Easter is His gift to YOU.

That’s the reality we need to get in touch with. It’s not simply an intellectual assent to this truth- most of us do that. Knowing something in fact is very different from living that fact in reality. That’s where we get into trouble and that’s where we sometimes need help. That’s where our emotions and our reason often fall out of sync.

No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, nail it to the cross and leave it there and rise in Christ to a new life of truth. Get in touch with REALITY HIMSELF. He came to save us from sin, our own and those committed against us, by His amazing, healing grace. He’s waiting to heal you.

Coordinating your emotions and reason is the work of therapy. Call to speak with one of our counselors today. Don’t waste another moment living the lie- rise to the truth!

Matthew West says it best:

What is YOUR name? Claim it. Claim the joy. Live the glory!

Wishing you God’s ABUNDANT blessings this Easter! May it be for you a new life with a new name in truth and glory.

 

 

 

About the Author

Allison Ricciardi, L.M.H.C.

Allison Ricciardi, L.M.H.C.

Allison is a licensed mental health counselor in practice for over 22 years. Allison has specialized in treating emotional disorders in individuals, couples and families and uses and trains clinicians in the Baars/Terruwe method.

Allison is also the Founder and President of www.CatholicTherapists.com, a nationwide network of dedicated Catholic therapists.

Allison is a licensed mental health counselor in practice for over 22 years. Allison has specialized in treating emotional disorders in individuals, couples and families and uses and trains clinicians in the Baars/Terruwe method. - See more at: http://www.theraphaelremedy.com/about-us/allison-ricciardi-l-m-h-c#sthash.OhLCxMbK.dpuf
Allison is a licensed mental health counselor in practice for over 22 years. Allison has specialized in treating emotional disorders in individuals, couples and families and uses and trains clinicians in the Baars/Terruwe method. - See more at: http://www.theraphaelremedy.com/about-us/allison-ricciardi-l-m-h-c#sthash.OhLCxMbK.dpuf
Allison is a licensed mental health counselor in practice for over 22 years. Allison has specialized in treating emotional disorders in individuals, couples and families and uses and trains clinicians in the Baars/Terruwe method. - See more at: http://www.theraphaelremedy.com/about-us/allison-ricciardi-l-m-h-c#sthash.OhLCxMbK.dpuf

Comments (4)

  • Sandra traw

    Sandra traw

    22 April 2014 at 19:55 |
    What if you feel you are taken over by a particular sin....like sloth...and as you said it continues to get a stronger and stronger hold on you. You pray every day for the help of The a Holy Spirit for the virtue of diligence and to become productive but everyday you continue in your sin...how do you begin...where do you begin? I am not only slothful in one part of my life but I always make plans and goals to do better but never do.
    • Allison Ricciardi

      Allison Ricciardi

      23 April 2014 at 03:32 |
      Generally when we keep trying to no avail it can indicate some underlying reason that needs to be explored. Sometimes there's an emotional block. What may appear to be sloth could be some fear that's holding you back. Talking to a therapist may help you sort it out. If it's just the inability to follow through on goals etc. we also have life coaches that can help you to set more realistic goals and help with accountability to follow through. Keep praying and don't be too hard on yourself. God understands the whole picture...ask Him to reveal the root. God bless you.
  • Sandra Traw

    Sandra Traw

    21 April 2014 at 23:53 |
    I can read all of these things...totally go YES...I believe that but have never basically been able to "hold onto it" for any length of time. It is sad.
    • Allison Ricciardi

      Allison Ricciardi

      22 April 2014 at 01:44 |
      Yes, that's the ongoing challenge! I find Spiritual reading helps a lot. I especially would recommend "I Believe in Love". You can find it in our bookstore. Was life changing for me. Unfortunately, thanks to original sin and our fickle emotions, it's a life long journey to truly live in faith. Persevere. I'm saying a prayer for you right now. God bless you and Happy Easter!

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