…the story of Tobit and his family reminds us that these answered prayers often come in surprising, disguised ways. A coworker or friend, a bit of scripture or song heard at a time of great need, or, as with Raphael, a lonely traveler seeking employment; all may be secret encounters with the divine reaching out to give answer to the deep need of our hearts.
In our continuing series on the Saints and our mental health, we take time today to examine the life experiences of a father and daughter, both of… Read more “The Saints and Mental Health: St. Louis Martin and St. Therese of Lisieux”
One common experience shared by those with mental health challenges and their families is the sense of isolation. Social stigmas, guilt, shame, and the desire to protect… Read more “The Saints and Mental Health: St. Dymphna”
It has been a gradual, often painful learning process for our family as we collectively recognize a truth buried deep within our bones. Our bodies do not always differentiate between ‘good’ stress and ‘bad’. The physical reactions to excessive happiness, joy, and eager anticipation can feel very much like those reactions to fear, anxiety, and danger.
In April of 2020, the University of Regina in Saskatchewan announced the development of its online therapy unit devoted to making treatment for anxiety and depression using… Read more “Discernment of Spirits and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”
A couple of years ago, in that pre-pandemic time of what one friend refers to as “The Great Before”, I was playing dodgeball at a youth rally… Read more “Breaking Out of our Pain: Rote prayer, Intercessory Prayer and our Mental Health”
When my wife and I took a trip to Niagara Falls three years ago, our social media feeds rapidly filled up with photos and comments about how… Read more “Language of Pain: The Psalms and Our Mental Health”
In case you may have missed the parish mission held at St. Augustine’s parish in Wilcox, SK earlier this week, you may view the recording below. It… Read more “Mental Health and The Spiritual Life”
This week I share with you the homily that I intend to preach for Solidarity Sunday this weekend. It is a particularly important occasion for our Emmaus… Read more “Breaking Open For Each Other”
Today we welcome the following guest post from an anonymous contributor sharing about the impact the ideas behind Bill C-7 has had on her, from the perspective… Read more “Killing the Mentally Ill Is Not Healthcare”