Faith, reason, depression, and help

bug in a jar

  There's a lot of bad information about depression, suicide, and faith swirling around the internet this week. Here are a few things I know:No, depression and mental illness don't necessarily take away your free will, turning you into a helpless victim who wings straight to Heaven if you commit suicide.No, you can't just pray away the sadness, will yourself to be joyful, or do this one weird trick that will earn you emotional stability and peace.The truth lies, as i … [Read more...]

At the Register: A New (Old) Way to Apologize

The teacher started scheduling weekly "clean-ups."Students relished in the opportunity to admit wrongdoing, share intent to change, and restore friendships. It was a beautiful, beautiful thing. They walked out stiff and uneasy, and returned with bright smiles on their faces.Sound familiar? Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

Life is too short for bad sex with a good husband.

dancing peasant couple

This is the greatest letter I’ve gotten in a million years. It’s from MightyMighty at Letters To Us. I’ve bolded the best lines. She mentions Greg Popcak’s excellent book Holy Sex, which I’ve been meaning to review for a long time; and also references the Real Catholic Love and Sex blog, which is full of good and honest discussions. Here’s the letter:I don't want to be a freaky fan girl, but would like to take a sec to tell you how awesome your book is. I read it during a loooooong period o … [Read more...]

At the Register: A Few Tips for Making Hard Choices

BECAUSE I LOVE TO GIVE ADVICE! And my life is not a complete and utter catastrophe, so I must know something, right? … [Read more...]

At the Register: Reading Suggestions for Lent

Sixteen great books I've read or mean to read for Lent. … [Read more...]

Calling someone “angel”

Very interesting stuff from Tammy Ruiz, who has worked in perinatal NICU and hospice centers for most of her career, and who recently and unexpectedly lost her husband.  She has witnessed many crises, much grief, and many people behaving with compassion and selflessnessShe says it's not only theoloically inaccurate to call someone an "angel" when they demonstrate what seems like heroic virtue, but it can provide us with an excuse to avoid even trying to do the right thing.  Calling someone an … [Read more...]

At the Register: First World Tears

Today's post has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that I'm sitting in a cushioned leather chair at a climate controlled airport with free wi fi, and I'm genuinely troubled by the fact that the sun is glaring in my left eye a little bit. … [Read more...]


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