A friend loaned me a book a few months ago that I’ve just picked up again. Christopher Kaczor’s “The Gospel of Happiness” proposes a unique relationship between… Read more “Finding Joy in the Gospel; Positive Psychology and the Spiritual Life”
In addition to directing this Emmaus Family Support ministry, my day job involves working in communications for the Archdiocese of Regina. One aspect of this work includes… Read more “Faith and Grief”
Ps 121 reminds me in my trials and struggles that “my help comes from the Lord,” and not just any lord, but the one who made all the heavens and the earth. This Lord of all creation never slumbers and is my sure and certain keeper; my shade when oppression beats down.
…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.
1 out of every 4 families in our communities are suffering from mental health challenges and for the most part, they are putting most of their energy… Read more “Men’s Mental Health: Breaking the Silence Virtual Event Tuesday, May 24, 2022”
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”