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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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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...

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Francis leaves Africa calling Christians, Muslims to be ‘brothers and sisters’

Dec 01, 2015

This article was posted by the National Catholic Reporter Francis leaves Africa calling Christians, Muslims to be ‘brothers and sisters’

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Thanksgiving in a Throw-Away Culture

Nov 26, 2015

I recently attended a presentation on Francis of Assisi’s influence on Pope Francis and his environmental encyclical by a theologian who tossed out an astonishing figure that should give us pause on...

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Reflections on the USCCB Meeting, Part II

Nov 21, 2015

Very thoughtful reflection on the Bishop’s meeting in Baltimore taking place this week. Reflections on the USCCB Meeting, Part II

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Crux:Nuns who rescue sex slaves expand efforts to 140 countries

Nov 21, 2015

Important article on the devastating crisis of human trafficking by Crux. Crux:Nuns who rescue sex slaves expand efforts to 140 countries