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“Do Not Be Afraid … You Are My Dearest Friends”*

Toxic Fear is perhaps life’s greatest hostage-taker. One psychiatrist calls it a “disease of the imagination.” Fear and disabling Worry can start off like a tiny seed and, watered by thoughts that emphasize worst-case scenarios, grow into a virus-like fiend that ends up dominating our mental state. It then holds us back from our ability to enjoy nearly every dimension of our life: our talents, our work, our love, our play, and our approach to a life in the Spirit.

This website is dedicated to three major Defense Systems that can be effective in helping us overcome the insidious nature of fear, as well as other mental health demons like depression. It will also focus on how we can better live out our lives free of those persistent foragers that roam throughout the corners of our minds… relentlessly haunting us.

Those three Defense Systems are: Spirituality, Psychology and Addiction. All three of these provide newly developed means of delving into the root causes of fear and depression and other mental health disorders, and assisting people in finding improved pathways to freedom, joy, and peace.

“Do not be afraid” – a phrase found 365 times in Sacred Scripture!

*Luke 12:32; translation found in The Bible in Contemporary Language, Eugene H. Peterson

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Here’s an archdiocese with an action plan for implementing ‘Laudato Si’

Dec 04, 2015

An article dedicated to showing what can be done about climate change at the diocesan and parish level. http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/12/04/heres-an-archdiocese-with-an-action-plan-for-implementing-laudato-si/

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Women in leading positions at Vatican increasing

Dec 04, 2015

Revealing article from the National Catholic Reporter. http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/women-leading-positions-vatican-increasing

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True Religion, II

Dec 03, 2015

As a young priest in a working-class parish on the north side of Kansas City, I was sent by the pastor to give the last rites to an elderly...

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Second Sunday of Advent

Dec 03, 2015

“John went through the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” Lk 3:3 Think of it: Tiberius, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Philip,...

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Editorial: US church leadership is in transition

Dec 03, 2015

Insightful article in the National Catholic Reporter. http://ncronline.org/news/faith-parish/editorial-us-church-leadership-transition

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Pope Francis in Africa

Dec 03, 2015

Powerful article on Pope Francis’ trip to Africa. http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/pope-francis-africa

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Crux:For Pope Francis, wisdom comes from the poor

Dec 01, 2015

Superb discussion of Pope’s recent trip to Africa by John Allen in Crux: http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/11/28/for-pope-francis-wisdom-comes-from-the-poor/

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First Sunday of Advent

Dec 01, 2015

“Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent ….” Lk. 21:27   Here we go again! Advent is...