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The Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail Against You: Mental Health, Medication, Healing, and Holy Week

One of the most liberating teachings of our Catholic faith is the idea that suffering–though undesirable and not part of God’s original plan–is an inescapable part of living in a fallen world.   That might not sound terrifically liberating on the face of it.  Who wants to suffer?  No one, of course.  But although life [Read More...]

Attachment and Faith Style: How Parenting Affects Your Experience of God

Yesterday, I linked a study reporting that 40% of US children suffer from insecure attachment.  To the degree that anyone thinks about attachment at all, most people tend to think of it in terms of its psychological and relational ramifications.  What fewer people realize is that, because attachment style predicts people’s attitudes toward all their [Read More...]

The Emperor’s New Clothes Revisited






Emperors New Clothes CropDo you remember Hans Christian Anderson children’s story The Emperor’s New Clothes? It’s the tale of two weavers who promise an emperor a brand new supposedly stunning get-up visible only to those who are sophisticated enough and smart enough to see them. In other words they were pullin…

Parenting Crisis in America: 40% of US Children Have Insecure Attachment to their Parents

Attachment is psychological term for the process that wires the social brain.  Strong attachment is correlated with strong empathy, good moral reasoning, strong faith, insight, impulse control, and  emotional and bodily regulation (i.e., the ability to reset yourself after stress). Having poor attachment leads to deficits in all these areas.  If you’ve been wondering why [Read More...]

A Struggle with Gratitude at the Heart of Materialism, Study Says

We tend to pick on materialists for being grasping, shallow people but it turns out that might not be the case.  According to new research from Baylor University, what drives materialism is a struggle to feel grateful for what one has and the belief that happiness is always just around the corner with the next [Read More...]

Don’t Be A Tourist on The Spiritual Journey of Faith






StPeters WikiOne of the points I try to stress with those joining me on the many trips I host to Rome and other Christian holy places is the difference between a tour and a pilgrimage. A tour is more of a fun seeking trek to an exotic location; one filled with great photo opportunities that contain dramatic backdrops of famous landscapes or monum…

Religion & Spirituality Affect Health in Different Ways

Are people who say they are “spiritual but not religious people” not as healthy as people who are both spiritual and religious?  That could well be the case. Religion and spirituality have distinct but complementary influences on health, new research from Oregon State University indicates.  ”Religion helps regulate behavior and health habits, while spirituality regulates [Read More...]

We’re Not In Kansas Any More And There Is No Land Of Oz On Earth






Judy GarlandYou’ve probably heard the news by now that yet another state has lost the latest round in the battle over marriage. On Friday, March 21st, a district judge in Michigan decided that the state’s ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional, despite a measure that was approved by a majority of voters several years ago; a vote that confirm…

Predicting Addictions/Eating Disorders By Age Four: What Parents Need to Know

Pope Francis has been beating the drum for more affectionate connections in families, again and again urging parents to “Be close to your children.”   Two new  studies show the practical import of Pope Francis’ words. First,  new research from the University of Adelaide shows that disturbances in the development of the child’s oxytocin system (aka [Read More...]

Smile! It’s International Happiness Day!

Seriously, that’s a thing.  Check it out… Speaking at the High Level Meeting on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm”convened during the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated that the world “needs a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, [Read More...]

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