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Faith Helps Clients Get More Out of Therapy

A study from the Journal of Affective Disorders found some surprising results about faith and therapy… “Patients who had higher levels of belief in God demonstrated more effects of treatment,” said the study’s lead author, David H. Rosmarin, a psychologist at McLean Hospital and director of the Center for Anxiety in New York. “They seemed [Read More...]

Helium balloons lift aviator Jonathan Trappe Up for transatlantic trip

American who has used the method to cross the Channel and the Alps takes off from Maine suspended by 370 balloon   

Jonathan Trappe soars in bid to be the first man to cross the Atlantic in a balloon cluster system
Jonathan Trappe soars in his bid to become the first man to cross the
Atlantic in a balloon cluster system. Photograph: Paul Cyr / Barcroft USA

An American aviator has begun the first attempt to cross the Atlantic suspended by hundreds of coloured balloons. Jonathan Trappe took off from Caribou, Maine, on Thursday morning as his capsule was lifted by 370 helium-filled balloons in heavy fog and he headed east from the US.
The concept may sound like the story from the Disney film Up but Trappe, 39, specialises in cluster ballooning and was the first person to cross the Channel and the Alps using the method.

The transatlantic trip could be as long as 2,500 miles (4,000km) and take between three and five days. Depending on the weather, he could land anywhere between Iceland and Morocco.
Trappe is relying on state of the art weather data from the meteorologist who advised Felix Baumgartner on his record-breaking skydive from the stratosphere last year. The latest weather reports suggested winds would take Trappe to western Europe.

“Weather is absolutely the most dangerous factor,” said Trappe, speaking immediately before launch. ” It’s the only thing that will carry me across, but bad conditions could also ruin the attempt or endanger my life.”

Read the rest here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/12/helium-balloons-jonathan-trappe-up-transatlantic

Pope Francis tells atheists to abide by their own consciences

God’s mercy has no limits, says pope in 2,500-word letter to Italian newspaper answering questions from non-believer   
theguardian.com,
    Pope Francis
    Pope Francis, who called for Christians to engage in ‘sincere and rigorous dialogue’
    with atheists. Photograph: Zuma/Rex Features
    As letters to the editor go, it was certainly out of the ordinary, stretching to more than 2,500 words and not one of them veering on the irate or indignant. But the missive received by Eugenio Scalfari, co-founder and former editor of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, nonetheless made it into print on Wednesday – on the front page and under the impressively brief byline of “Francesco”.
    Responding to a series of questions asked in the summer by Scalfari, who describes himself as an interested “non-believer”, Pope Francis used his trademark conciliatory tone to discuss the Catholic church’s attitude to atheists, urging those who do not share his faith to “abide by their own conscience” and reminding them God’s mercy “has no limits”.

    Expressing the belief that it was important for Christians to engage in “a sincere and rigorous dialogue” with atheists, Francis recalled Scalfari had asked him whether God forgave those “who do not believe and do not seek to believe”.

    “Given – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits, if He is approached with a sincere and repentant heart,” the pope wrote, “the question for those who do not believe in God is to abide by their own conscience. There is sin, also for those who have no faith, in going against one’s conscience. Listening to it and abiding by it means making up one’s mind about what is good and evil.”

    Now in his sixth month as pontiff, Francis has made a conciliatory style and pragmatic openness to dialogue with groups on the margins of the church’s traditional activities one of his trademarks.
    In May, however, relaxed remarks during a homily, which appeared to imply that non-believers could be “saved” if they did good, prompted a swift clarification from the Vatican that he meant nothing of the kind.

    Read the rest here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/11/pope-francis-atheists-abide-consciences

    Judge’s Ruling Makes North Dakota First to Ban Abortions Based on Down Syndrome

     

    by Steven Ertelt | Bismarck, ND | LifeNews.com | 9/12/13 12:37 PM
    A judge’s ruling dismissing part of an abortion center’s lawsuit against a North Dakota law that bans abortions on disabled unborn children on the basis that they are disabled makes the state the first to have such a ban in place.

    With the governor’s signature on the ban earlier this year, North Dakota has become the first state to ban abortions based on genetic “defects” like Down Syndrome. When diagnosed before birth, such genetic abnormalities prompt couples to have abortions 90 percent of the time.

    The state legislature approved the measure and Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed it in March.
    The measure would also ban abortion based on gender selection, an issue of increasing concern in the United States has people from nations like China and India migrate to the United States and bring their cultural preference for boys with them.

    Now, a judge has dismissed the legal challenge to a portion of the law the state’s lone abortion business challenged in its lawsuit. IN an AP report, the abortion center claims that’s okay with it since it reportedly doesn’t do abortions for those reasons anyway. However, it provided no proof that it asks abortion clients if they are having an abortion because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome or another condition.

    Read the rest at: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/09/12/judges-ruling-makes-north-dakota-first-to-ban-abortions-based-on-down-syndrome/

    Reading with Children, Not to Them.

     New study makes suggestions for getting the most out of reading with your child. “There is nothing more powerful than your voice, your tone, and the way you say the words,” said Wiles. “When I was a child, my dad read to me and while that was helpful and I enjoyed it, what we are [Read More...]

    Researchers call Internet Trolls “Everyday sadists”

    Most of the time, we try to avoid inflicting pain on others — when we do hurt someone, we typically experience guilt, remorse, or other feelings of distress. But for some, cruelty can be pleasurable, even exciting. New research suggests that this kind of everyday sadism is real and more common than we might think.The [Read More...]

    Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – September 12, 2013

    Talking about the “things that matter most” on September 12

    4:00 – Six Month Anniversary of Pope Francis Election: An Analysis
    Tomorrow we celebrate the 6-month anniversary of the Papacy of Francis. Matthew Bunsonand Phil Lawler join us to look at his impact, his personality, his style, his reforms, his reception and the prospects for his future actions.    

    4:40 – Healing Hurts and Solving Problems – Where We Analyze the Sins, Illnesses, and Obstacles That Keep Us From Becoming All God Created Us to Be

    A Deeper Look at Predictors of Divorce
    In our Healing Hurts and Solving Problems segment we look at predictors of divorce and how to avoid them. Lisa Duffy knows first-hand as a divorced woman who has reconciled with the Church and remarried. She joins us today.
     
    5:00 – Kresta Comments
     
    5:20 – The Last Public Teaching of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: The Transforming Power of Faith
    “Having faith in the Lord is not something that involves solely our intelligence, the area of intellectual knowledge; rather, it is a change that involves our life, our whole self: feelings, heart, intelligence, will, corporeity, emotions, and human relationships. With faith everything truly changes.” So Pope Benedict XVI introduced his catecheses for the Year of Faith, a series of sixteen talks given at his weekly audience from October 2012 to the end of his papacy in February 2013. These talks explore how and why faith is relevant in the contemporary world. How can we come to certainty about things that cannot be calculated or scientifically confirmed? What does God’s revelation mean for our daily lives? How can the hunger of the human heart be fulfilled? Offering the guidance of biblical exegesis, pastoral exhortation, and brotherly encouragement, Pope Benedict seeks to answer these questions and many others. His former student, Fr. Joseph Fessio, joins us to look at some of the final teachings of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
     
    5:40 – Improvement and Growth Segment
    Yelling Makes Parenting Harder, Study Says. (+5 Things To Do Instead.)
    Last week, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan released the results of a study that showed that yelling at teens actually aggravated problematic behavior rather than extinguishing it.  Likewise, teens who were consistently yelled at had higher incidences of depression, school problems, lying, stealing and fighting than kids who did not experience “harsh verbal punishment.” We look at the study and 5 things to do instead with Dr. Greg Popcak
     

    The Challenge of Authentic Modesty–5 Things to Do. 1 Thing to Avoid.

    Patheos blogger Jennifer Fitz invited me to respond to her comments about my analysis of the so-called “Princeton modesty study.”   My original post is here (and is rather cheekily titled, “Women in Bikinis May More Easily Avoid Potentially Abusive Partners, Study Says?).    Jennifer’s response is here.  Go read. All caught up?  There’s a good fellow. [Read More...]

    Batwoman lesbian marriage nixed! Writers quit!

    Pop culture just keeps getting uglier, sillier and gayer

    Sep 10, 2013
    The Christians             

    Batwoman: Her wedding to the policewoman has been permanently called off.
    Batwoman: Her wedding to the policewoman has been permanently called off.

    Even though their audience consists mainly of aging but not maturing males, comic book superheroes have a way of reflecting cultural shifts. News broke last week that on very short notice DC Comics had cancelled Batwoman’s imminent nuptials to an NYPD policewoman – a much anticipated lesbian first in the world of publishing for the illiterate.

    The two DC writers who had seen her through her engagement both quit in anger. So is DC Comics now renouncing the gay agenda? Not at all. DC says it made the call because superheroes and heroines are supposed to live tortured and lonely personal lives, not happy and contented ones. Not that lesbian relationships are a bed of roses, but most people don’t know that.

    But hold on – in 1996, after half a century, didn’t DC finally let Superman marry Lois Lane? Why the hetero-normative double standard? Who knows? Both DC and its arch-nemesis Marvel comics had been broadly hinting for many years that several of their heroes were closet sodomites, and in the mid-1990s, as the gay agenda crested, they began coming out. Batwoman is the best known.

    See more at: http://thechristians.com/?q=node/617&utm_source=The+Christians+Book+Buyers&utm_campaign=7d15ab88b7-TCH-Issue0110-BB&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e2d8bf6d30-7d15ab88b7-57142977#sthash.iUuMIYaE.dpuf

    Home schooled? Oh you poor, deprived thing

    People have the weirdest, dumbest, most illiberal ideas about home-educated students

    Sep 10, 2013
    The Christians

    There are other ways of socialization than high schools.
    There are other ways of socialization than high schools

    This commentary by home schooled New York City high school student Veronica Andreades appeared in the Wall Street Journal Sep. 9, 2013

    “You’re home-schooled? That’s bad, right?”

     Another teenager started off a conversation with me that way recently. We’re both actresses, and we were waiting for a theater rehearsal to begin.“Bad? Where did you get that idea?” I replied.“Well, you don’t have any friends, right?”

    “I have lots of friends,” I said, laughing to hide my annoyance.

    Welcome to the life of a Manhattan home-schooler surrounded by supposedly open-minded liberals. This was hardly the first time I’ve confronted unsolicited comments about going to school at home. Not long ago, after a ballet class (yes, home-schoolers sometimes sign up to study elsewhere), I mentioned in the locker room that I was being educated by my mother. One of the other dancers said: “No offense, but don’t your parents care about you being socialized?”When I asked my mom why she chose to teach me, she said: “I did not want to be at the mercy of my ZIP Code.”

    When you’re from a middle-class family supported by a father who is a minister, chances are you aren’t going to live in a wealthy area and therefore in a good school district. I’ve gotten used to seeing pained or perplexed reactions when I talk about going to school in my apartment, as if I’m this nerdy, introverted alien. The truth is that my parents wanted to give me the freedom to pursue my passions so I’d be better prepared for college and career.

     - See more at: http://thechristians.com/?q=node/614&utm_source=The+Christians+Book+Buyers&utm_campaign=7d15ab88b7-TCH-Issue0110-BB&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e2d8bf6d30-7d15ab88b7-57142977#sthash.SbJ8VKw0.dpuf

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