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December 2007 Archives

Marriage Isn’t a Love Affair

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Last week I received the most meaningful e-mail from a Beyond Blue reader, Mike, who recently lost his wife and was celebrating Thanksgiving without her for the first time. “I lost my girlfriend, wife, and mother of my children,” he […]

Holiday Survival Thought #6

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Unfortunately, Christians don’t believe in reincarnation. Jesus is our only hope for getting it right. He’s a big deal. That’s why Catholic schools are closed for three weeks in December–in celebration of Christmas and to give miserable parents a reason […]

Beliefnet’s Interview with Joan Wester Anderson

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I apologize if I’m getting a little too carried away with angels as of late. But it is Advent, and yes, this miracle stuff helps me to believe that God is in control. I’m like a kid when it comes […]

Saving Grace: Taking Inventory of Our Lives

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I’m not sure if the producers of TNT’s series “Saving Grace,” timed the episodes to match the appropriate scripture readings of the Christian liturgical year, but they sure did nail the message of the first week of Advent: “Yo, Grace! […]

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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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