“Popes Say the Darndest Things” (Zika Edition)–Clarity for Confused Catholics

Are you confused, frustrated by, or for that matter, gloating about Pope Francis' recent comments on contraceptive use and the Zika virus--especially in light of the Vatican Press Office's confirmation that Pope Francis was not only speaking about using Natural Family Planning but also, potentially, hormonal contraceptives and condoms, to prevent the possibility of children born with Zika-related miroencephaly?   Be at peace.  Let's all please take a collective breath and consider the following i … [Read more...]

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Why Porn Is NOT An Addiction (Part Deux) and Why That Matters For Your Healing.

A while back, I shared a study arguing that porn was not an addiction. I also explained why this matters for treatment.  In the months since then, I've gotten several emails from people asking questions about that post. Many of these messages cited a response by Matt Fradd  that took issue (very respectfully, thank you Matt) with my position.  Most recently, I received an email from a pastor who was interested in the debate about the issue. My conversation with this pastor--who, like many past … [Read more...]

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Worried No More: 6 Graceful Ways to Beat Stress, Worry, and Anxiety

Check out how these 3 Do's and 3 Don'ts can set YOU free from stress, worry, and anxiety!Problems are part of life, but stress, worry, and anxiety don't have to be.  As I note in my book, God Help Me, This Stress is Driving Me Crazy! Finding Balance Through God's Grace, as early as the mid 300's AD St. Augustine observed that the press of troubles, the ups and downs of daily life, was different than oppression, which is what happens when we allow these troubles to separate us from God's … [Read more...]

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Therapy Equally Effective as Drugs for Front Line Depression Treatment & Helps Reshape Brain, Studies Say

New clinical practice guidelines advise physicians that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and second-generation antidepressants (SGAs), are equally effective treatments for major depressive disorder (MDD) in adults. The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommendation appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “Patients are frequently treated for depression by primary care physicians, who often initially prescribe SGAs,” said ACP President Wayne J. Riley, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., M.A. … [Read more...]

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Think Fast!–What Marriage Can Teach Us About Lent (and it’s not what you think!)

Check out this great post by Jacob Popcak of JHP MinistryWhat pictures come to mind when you hear the word, “fasting”? What about, “penance”? Perhaps you envision the grumpy monk, self-flagellating in some medieval chamber. Or perhaps you see the pious holier-than-thou, starving herself out of some sense of personal loathing. As citizens of the 21st Century, it’s very likely that you envision something at least similar to what I’m describing. Because of these associations, I always had a rea … [Read more...]

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Do YOU Have What It Takes? 4 Promises That Lead to a Happier Marriage

Celebrate National Marriage Week with FaithontheCouch as we explore what it takes to live a more loving, joyful, grace-filled marriage!Do You Have What it Takes to Get to "Happily Ever After?"Almost every newly married couple has two things in common.  First, they are deeply in love with each other and rightly excited about the lives they are building together.  They are passionate about each other, and hopeful about a bright future filled with blessings.  But second, underneath that mu … [Read more...]

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You Can Pass on Trauma Through Your Genes: New Study Finds

Genetic changes stemming from the trauma suffered by Holocaust survivors are capable of being passed on to their children, the clearest sign yet that one person’s life experience can affect subsequent generations.The conclusion from a research team at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital led by Rachel Yehuda stems from the genetic study of 32 Jewish men and women who had either been interned in a Nazi concentration camp, witnessed or experienced torture or who had had to hide during the second wor … [Read more...]

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The Corporal Works of Mommy and Daddy: Living the “Little Way” of Family Life

In preparation for our oldest child's First Communion, we were reviewing the various Works of Mercy.  When he heard that they included things like feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty and clothing the naked, he looked up at us and said, "You guys do those things all the time.  They should call them the Corporal Works of Mommy--and Daddy too!"Our son stumbled upon a great spiritual truth.  Family life can be an incredible engine of spiritual growth.  The Works of Mercy as practiced … [Read more...]

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Breastfeeding Could Save Lives of Over 800,000 Babies & 20,000 Moms Annually

New report in the British Medical Journal The Lancet.  H/T HuffPo New research highlights the economic advantages of exclusive and continued breastfeeding in rich and poor countries alike, and the enormous cost of failing to support it writes Dr Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General. As a young doctor working with refugees in the former Yugoslavia and Iraq, I saw how breastfed babies can prosper even under such challenging circumstances, and even when they are sick or small. So I am … [Read more...]

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All Hell Breaks Loose: The Prodigal’s Brother

Guest post by Dave McClow, M.Div, LMFT.  Clinical Pastoral Counseling Assoc. of the Pastoral Solutions InstituteThe immensity and beauty of the Grand Canyon are an inexhaustible mystery for me.  This natural wonder must be experienced from different vantage points to be fully appreciated.  I have hiked along the rim and taken different trails into the canyon; I have flown over it in a plane!  Each perspective reveals something different, but all inspire awe!Journeying through this Year of … [Read more...]

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