Your child has left the Church. Does this sound familiar? Maybe it was “so long” after confirmation. Perhaps it happened in college. Somewhere priorities changed and choices were made. And it’s his mother’s or father’s or parents’ heart’s desire to get him back to Church.
Heather King, Catholic author and blogger, has recently released her latest book, “Stripped.” A former alcoholic and a convert to the faith, King’s new book recounts her experience with breast cancer.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, my first thought was “I’m going to die.”
My second was “I do not want to ‘battle’ cancer.”
“There was a hermit who lived in the woods,” begins poem 41 of the Robert Lax collection of contemplative words, “In the Beginning was Love,” edited by S.T. Georgiou. The writings collected here are about half poetry and half journal entries, though the latter are as precise as prose poems. Belief, lifestyle and identity as inextricable parts of the person’s whole are emphasized throughout the book.
Allegations of physical, psychological and sexual abuse by leaders of a Catholic movement founded here in the 1970s have led to a lawsuit against Lima Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani and a promise of an internal investigation from the group's leader.
In my personal quest for greater happiness, I discovered a new field of psychology, called positive psychology. For decades, psychology focused on alleviating depression, anxiety and sadness. Positive psychology by contrast investigates optimism, resilience, signature strengths and engagement with life. I found a remarkable convergence in the insights about happiness offered by the ancient philosophers like Aristotle, medieval theologians like Augustine and positive psychologists like Martin Seligman. Moreover, I discovered that contemporary psychology offers practical ways of reaching forgiveness, strengthening willpower and deepening gratitude.
What is real happiness? How can I experience it? How can I live it? Every thoughtful person asks such questions. Thoughtful Christians add a few more questions, such as: How can I enhance Christian living? Is there any proof that Christian practices enhance happiness? Does Christianity provide happiness in a way that other paths, like psychology, cannot?
As someone whose first love was basketball, I can’t tell you how many times throughout my life I’ve compared life’s struggles and triumphs to the game I so enjoy.
In “Birds of a Feather,” a wife and mother feels trapped by a secret. An abortion doctor’s mother would never have considered the option he offers. An Alzheimer’s sufferer feels judged and drives to his childhood home.
At a time when the Catholic Church in the U.S. was most racked by scandal, just over a decade ago, Matthew Kelly was one of the leading laymen showing the way forward to regaining the Church’s strength and credibility with the faithful.
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