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June 2008 Archives

Dear God: Why E-Harmony Has Got It Wrong

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Dear God, In today’s reading, Matthew writes this in his seventh chapter (verses 1-5): Jesus said to his disciples: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with […]

The Third Agreement: Don’t Make Assumptions

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Here are my favorite excerpts from Don Miguel Ruiz’s chapter on the third agreement (in “The Four Agreements”): The whole world of control between humans is about making assumptions and taking things personally. Our whole dream of hell is based […]

The Vocation of Marriage: Holy, But No Fairy Tale

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I was recently invited by my parish, St. Mary’s in Annapolis, Maryland, to write a reflection about the vocation of marriage. Since Eric and I are coming up on our 12th anniversary (this Sunday), it gave me an opportunity to […]

Evander and Fotini Lomke: Little Miracle

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In the book that Mike Leach and I compiled, “I Like Being Married,” we devoted a chapter to “In Good Times and Bad.” My favorite story in that section is about a couple, Evander And Fotini Lomke, caring for their […]

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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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