Beyond Blue
December 2010 Archives

I think about Mary often this time of year. More than usual, which is a lot.   Mary loves desperate people–the ones who have already tried Jesus and, for whatever reason, didn’t get results. That’s how my mom explained it […]

I have prayed the Memorare every day since my mom (and others) told me to go to Mary with my depression. It’s clear from the words of this prayer that Mary hears all pleas, but especially those uttered in desperation: […]

All the Christmas movies–from the classic “Miracle on 34th Street” to “The Year Without a Santa Claus” preach a common message: faith is about believing without seeing.   In our family favorite, “Elf,” Santa’s sleigh, fueled by Christmas spirit, crashes […]

It’s probably no coincidence that I chose the poem “The Dark Night” composed by Carmelite mystic John of the Cross as the topic of my senior thesis back when I was a religious studies major in college. The poem is […]

7 tips for all of us who are sugar-sensitive to stay on track during the holidays.

Tips for holiday stress management

A Classic Christmas: Spiritual Reflections, Timeless Literature, and Treasured Verse and Scripture

John Grohol of Psych Central has written an excellent article about how to keep the joy in the holidays. Here are the first four tips, and you can read the rest by clicking here…. The Christmas season is upon us once […]

If you don’t find the humor in this, my sincere apologies. But we need as many laughs this holiday season as is possible. CHRISTMAS DISORDERS and CAROLS 1. Schizophrenia — Do You Hear What I Hear? 2. Multiple Personality Disorder […]

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year–but not if negative emotions take hold of your holidays.