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Good Friday and the Bleeding Woman

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Good Friday and the narrative of the Lord’s passion will always be connected to the story of the hemorrhaging woman in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) for me, because just as I yelled out to God in the […]

Holy Thursday and Friendship

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Back in February, I mentioned that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to surround myself with people I admire. The person on the top of my list was Mike Leach, my writing/editing partner on several books, and a dear […]

Spiritual Friendships and the Emotional Affair

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Last night’s dinner conversation: “I wonder if Mike and Vickie will want to go to church with me on Friday when they’re here,” I said (as I reviewed all the services at St. Mary’s for Holy Week). “But, Sweetie, you […]

My Husband, the Reluctant Catholic

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I’ll be on Sirius radio, on the Catholic Channel, to discuss my Beliefnet article, “My Husband, the Reluctant Catholic,” about Eric’s (forced) conversion to Catholicism. If you’re up and alert, tune in for it on Monday at 6:40 a.m.

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Seven Ways to Get Over an Infatuation
“Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered am I” wrote US songwriter Lorenz Hart about the feeling of infatuation. It’s blissful and euphoric, as we all know. But it’s also addicting, messy and blinding. Without careful monitoring, its wild wind can rage through your life leaving you much like the

posted 12:46:43pm Feb. 19, 2014 | read full post »

When Faith Turns Neurotic
When does reciting scripture become a symptom of neurosis? Or praying the rosary an unhealthy compulsion? Not until I had the Book of Psalms practically memorized as a young girl did I learn that words and acts of faith can morph into desperate measures to control a mood disorder, that faithfulness

posted 10:37:13am Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

How to Handle Negative People
One of my mom’s best pieces of advice: “Hang with the winners.” This holds true in support groups (stick with the people who have the most sobriety), in college (find the peeps with good study habits), and in your workplace (stay away from the drama queen at the water cooler). Why? Because we

posted 10:32:10am Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

8 Coping Strategies for the Holidays
For people prone to depression and anxiety – i.e. human beings – the holidays invite countless possibility to get sucked into negative and catastrophic thinking. You take the basic stressed-out individual and you increase her to-do list by a third, stuff her full of refined sugar and processed f

posted 9:30:12am Nov. 21, 2013 | read full post »

Can I Say I’m a Son or Daughter of Christ and Suffer From Depression?
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we read: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” What if we aren’t glad, we aren’t capable of rejoicing, and even prayer is difficult? What if, instead, everything looks dark,

posted 10:56:04am Oct. 29, 2013 | read full post »

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