I admit I never saw this coming. Check out the story here which includes an anti-contraceptive pill tweet from Ms. Lake herself. Here’s a sample of the article. Lake will act as executive producer alongside director Abby Epstein in a full-length film based on Holly Grigg-Spall’s book Sweetening The Pill: or How We Became Hooked [Read More...]
Double-Blind Study Shows Lavender Oil Capsules As Effective as Lorazepam (Ativan) for Treating Anxiety
This is fascinating. In doing some research for a client with generalized anxiety disorder, I found this double-blind, placebo-control study on the effectiveness of lavender oil capsules (silexan) for treating anxiety. Remarkably, the study appears to show that the lavender oil capsules were as effective as lorazepam (Ativan) AND it had no side effects or [Read More...]
Praise God for this incredibly important step toward better pastoral care for all Catholics–and all people–with mental illness. It’s very brief but completely worth the read. I hope you’ll take a moment to look it over and then meet back here to discuss it. My thanks to Deacon Greg for alerting us all to the [Read More...]
Kathryn Lopez posted her interview with Lisa and I on what it takes to make marriage last a lifetime. ‘All the research says that a good marriage has little to do with where you and your mate come from and everything to do with whether you are willing to learn the skills it takes to [Read More...]
Nunc Dimittis! Bacon Roses! There is really nothing left to say.
Of course you all know what today is…. That’s right! Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day! On the official Church calendar, we do not celebrate St Valentine, but rather, the Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, evangelists to the Slavs, on February 14th. You might ask, “Why does the Church promote devotion to Sts. Cyril and [Read More...]
The way a couple treats each other outside of their arguments is the best predictor of the couple’s ability to get something positive out of their arguments–even if they’re more heated than they ought to be. Obviously, no couple likes to argue, but some couples seem to weather it better than others. Therapists often think [Read More...]
Talking About the “Things That Matter Most” on February 12
From the Legatus Summit in Orlando, FL
4:00 – Kresta Comments: The Co-Responsibility of the Laity
4:20 – Preparing Catholics For the New America
In the article, “Catholics and the Next America,” Archbishop Charles J.Chaput O.F.M. Cap. delivers a prescient warning to American Catholics regarding a growing trend toward secularization in American culture, with Catholics facing dwindling relevance, threatening their ability to be heard. In response, the Napa Institute was formed to help Catholic leaders face the challenges posed in the “next America” — to continue the work of the Apostles and their successors, the Bishops, heeding Christ’s call for ongoing evangelization. Tim Busch, the man behind the Institute joins us.
4:40 – It Is Well - Life in the Storm
Chris and Angela Faddis were devout Catholics with two young children, who trusted in the Lord and His plan for their family. But the married couple's faith would receive an immense test on Easter Sunday 2011, when Angela was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Angela died 17 months later, on Sept. 21, 2012, holding the hand of her heartbroken husband. One year later, Chris Faddis chronicles the inspirational journey he shared with his wife. "As you read this book you'll encounter the often harsh reality of the Christian journey," writes Catholic speaker and author Mark Hart in the foreword. "You'll experience both the splintered, bloody crucifix of Good Friday and the shiny, radiant cross of Easter Sunday. Chris will invite you behind the closed doors into the intimate exchanges and heaven-sent moments that should call us all to stop and survey our own lives. Do we wake up counting our blessings or our problems? That difference makes all the difference, as Angela demonstrated through her constant fidelity to God."Chris is here to tell the story.
5:00 – The Future of Catholicism
Michael Coren is a British-Canadian columnist, author, public speaker, radio host and television talk show host. Michael addressed Legatus on Saturday and joins us now to explore the themes of his books - Why Catholics are Right, The Future of Catholicism, Heresy: 10 Lies They Spread about Christianity, and more.
Elizabeth Scalia has her Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas post up. By all means check it out. My favorite recommendation of hers was this little gem… Also, keeping with the books for a minute, Dr. Gregory Popčak’s classic, Holy Sex!: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving. It is indeed something special. It [Read More...]