The Lord, holiness, and St. Isidore the Farmer
“Holiness is not perfection according to human criteria; it is not reserved for a small number of exceptional persons. It is for everyone; it is the Lord who brings us to holiness, when we are willing to collaborate in the salvation of the world for the glory of God, despite our sin and our sometimes rebellious temperament.” What do these words by Pope John Paul II have to say to those who...
Forgetting Mother's Day!
I totally forgot it was Mother’s Day this coming Sunday. Actually, I did remember a week or two ago when I got my own mother a card. I put the card on a shelf all proud for remembering so early, and then left it there. Lights and buzzers didn’t go off in my head until yesterday afternoon so my mother, who lives across the country from me, will probably get her card on Monday rather than...
"Religious Therapy for Depression"
Yesterday, Catholic Exchange featured an article called, “Religious Therapy for Depression.” The author, Dr. Harold G. Koenig, co-director for the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health at Duke University Medical Center, has twice been nominated for the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Rather than post my own thoughts or reflections I’m posting a link to his article on Catholic...
Questioning as a Depression Treatment
We don’t question when we are depressed. We assume. We can assume we are wrong. We can assume we are not good enough. We can assume we are worms of sinfulness or faithless or lazy. We can assume we can do nothing right. We can assume others don’t understand us. Have I left anything out? [[MORE]] We can also make assumptions about what depression is. We can assume it is a medical disease...