Anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be a creeping whisper or an overwhelming feeling. No matter how it presents itself, the feeling of anxiety can be intrusive and disruptive to our daily lives. So how do we calm our anxious hearts? Theology of the Body reminds us that anxiety is not God’s will for us. Before the Fall, even though Adam and Eve were completely vulnerable, they were confident in God’s care and their love for one… Read more

The Holy Apostles College online Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree will give you the tools you need to bring God’s grace to a hurting world. Have you ever felt the desire to…    –live a more meaningful life?      –make a difference?    –let God lead you in exciting new directions? If so, the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) Program at Holy Apostles College might be just what you have been looking for. Our faithful,… Read more

It seems like you are best friends one day and total enemies the next. We all have those people in our lives—friends, family members, co-workers, bosses, you name it—who lash out at us and then pretend like nothing ever happened. Although this Jekyll and Hyde type of personality is not uncommon, it can still be difficult to know how to handle gracefully. Theology of the Body reminds us that, in all things, the Christians’ responsibility is to love others; that… Read more

Guest post by Rachael Popcak.   When thinking about Genesis 1, people typically focus on God creating the world, and then He created man. While of course this is extraordinary, something really struck me recently while re-reading this section of the Bible. After God creates each piece of the world, it is specifically noted that He took the time to acknowledge that “it was good.” God could have easily created everything in the world all at once. He could have… Read more

Guest blog post by Dave McClow, Pastoral Solutions Institute. Fighting that works! Ever been in conflict and not known what to do?  Some men like a fight, some avoid it at all costs.  Too many of us drop the ball during a conflict….But first, let’s look at the bigger picture. The Ball When I taught a marriage class at a local Catholic high school, I held up a 10-inch playground ball and said, “This ball is going to teach you… Read more

Peer pressure. We’ve all dealt with it throughout our lives, but does it still effect us as adults? Social Psychologists from SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poland recreated the well-known Milgram Obedience Study (Milgram Shock Experiment) and discovered that the results were astoundingly similar to the results of the original experiment in 1963. Like the Milgram study, the participants of the current study were provided with 10 buttons. The participants were led to believe that each button… Read more

The Pastoral Solutions Institute (www.CatholicCounselors.com) is looking for experienced, faithful, Catholic therapists to join our growing pastoral behavioral telehealth practice. Since 1999, Pastoral Solutions has provided pastoral counseling services to Catholic individuals, couples and families around the world via telephone and video-teleconference.  Pastoral Solutions is a recognized leader in the effective and ethical integration of Catholic theology and spirituality with clinical practice. Our ideal candidate meets the following qualifications. -Current license for independent practice in counseling, clinical social work, or… Read more

As you have most likely read, recent news outlets quote clerical sexual abuse survivor, Juan Carlos Cruz, saying that Pope Francis told him that his homosexuality “does not matter.”  In Juan Carlos’ words, the Holy Father told him,  “You know Juan Carlos, that does not matter. God made you like this. God loves you like this. The Pope loves you like this and you should love yourself and not worry about what people say.” What’s Said In the Vatican, Stays… Read more

Being a stay-at-home parent is hard, but does it cause depression? A recent discussion at Peanut Butter and Grace raised this important issue. It turns out that there is more to this question than meets the eye. Survey Says… A 2012 Gallup poll found that 28% of stay-at-home moms (SAHMs) had been diagnosed with depression compared to 17% of employed moms (defined as mothers who have both a full or part time job and children under 18). Of course, this… Read more

Do you know how to tap into the incredible spiritual power of your marriage and family life? The truth is, there is a treasure-trove of grace hidden in plain sight, just beneath the surface of all the things we tend to take for granted.  Mundane tasks like raising a family, attending to your marriage, paying your bills, or caring for your home may not seem very exciting, but God has blessed even these simple tasks with the power to be… Read more

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