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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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Getting Grief Right

Feb 11, 2015

The issue of grief and how it can lead to true closure is pointedly discussed in this article written by Patrick O’Malley. Mr O’Malley helps us understand that “grief...

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The Uber Version of Therapy

Feb 11, 2015

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After PTSD, More Trauma

Feb 11, 2015

The after effects of war are an extremely troubling issue for us Americans, and others throughout the world. This article found in the NT Times and written by David...

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Redefining Mental Illness

Feb 11, 2015

This article by T.M. Lurhmann discusses how one out of four people suffer from mental illness and how new research now recognizes that diagnosis and drugs are not the...

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The Trip Treatment

Feb 11, 2015

Research into psychedelics, inadmissible for years, is now yielding exciting and formidable results. Michael Pollan in The New Yorker magazine relates the story of a very promising future for...

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feb 04, 2015

Deut. 18: 15-20; 1 Cor. 7: 32-35; Mk. 1: 21-28 Super Bowl Sunday! It’s a day that rivets us Americans. Millions will gather around TV’s today for the sole...

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feb 04, 2015

 Jonah 3: 1-5,10; I Cor. 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 Today’s first reading contains one of the strangest and most bizarre stories in the entire Bible. It’s the tale of Jonah...

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feb 04, 2015

There’s a story that’s told about a three year old girl. It seems that she was the only child in her family, but now her mother was pregnant again,...