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Be Not Afraid


Are you fearful? Follow this prescription. Remember the words Pope John Paul II continually reminded us of during his papacy: "Be Not Afraid". Sing this song, below, at least once a day, preferably to your children! Most importantly, believe what the words say. Think of it as a promise, and trust in the promise, because the promise is true. I can testify to that personally, as can many others.

Bishop Dowling's Socialist TEA Party Message


It has always fascinated me that within various faith traditions, just as in politics, there is always a left and a right.  One might say that politics influences religion and vice versa.  Certainly, there is a lot of that going on, but I tend to think that whether or not individual people end up leaning left or right has a lot to do with their own life experiences and how they interpret them. 

Building a Catholic Culture


We Catholics are charged with helping to strengthen the Church, to assist in building a Catholic culture, but what does that mean exactly?  And what can we do to advance the Catholic culture in America?  Let's examine it for a moment. First, it is helpful to know what a 'Catholic culture' is. It is a culture made up of people who place Jesus first in their lives and who live His message. In

More to Hypocrisy Than You Might Think


Writing about the teaching of Jesus on hypocrisy from Matthew 6, Monsignor Charles Pope explains that hypocrisy covers far more than what might initially come to mind: Hypocrisy Is More Than We Usually Think. An analysis of Jesus’ teaching on hypocrisy in Matthew 6 Msgr. Pope defines hypocrisy thusly: In effect Jesus describes hypocrisy as the sad state of a person who reduces himself to being

Spiritual Warfare


This Sunday's readings speak of faith and forgiveness, but also of healing from evil spirits. In Luke 8:1-3 we read: Afterward he journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone

Pope to Visit Cyprus in June


Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Cyprus, June 4-6, 2010.  Here are some articles of interest in regard to this trip. Vatican Radio: Fr. Lombardi Editorial - Why Cyprus? Reuters: Catholics in Cyprus eagerly await papal visit DC Art Travel Examiner:  Vatican prepares Pope Benedict’s Cyprus visit in June Catholic News Service:  Pope to visit Cyprus, present topics for Middle East synod Catholic

God is Looking Out For You


There is no such thing as a coincidence.  Everything happens for a reason.  There are supernatural forces currently engaged in a battle for souls.  This battle goes on outside our human perception, but it is still quite real. Please consider reading: Coincidence? I think NOT! God is always looking out for your best interest.

Jesus: The Bread From Heaven


See Scripture references on The Eucharist compiled by Scripture Catholic. It was my first attendance at a Catholic Mass that I understood the words of Christ in regard to eating His Flesh and drinking His Blood.  I would encourage the curious to consider the Scripture references linked above.  Below is one of the songs sung at that Mass where I found Jesus Christ is the True Son of God at Holy

Trusting in Jesus: The Painful Path to Joy


There is redemption in the Cross which we all participate in when we carry our individual crosses. My cross is different from your cross, but it was made especially for me.  It was specifically designed to help me to become the person God wants me to be. The Scripture "God's strength is made perfect in weakness" was always difficult for me to understand.............until I received a cross. I

Embracing the Cross


Note: My previous post on sacra*MENTAL* was on August 29, 2008, the day John McCain announced that Sarah Palin would be his Vice-Presidential running mate. Life has changed a great deal for me since then. Palin's candidacy spurred me to political involvement again -- politics has always been an invigorating arena for me. I've also contracted Lyme Disease which is now at chronic status. By

John McCain Picks Sarah Palin as Running Mate


John McCain picks Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as Vice-Presidential Running MateI could not be more thrilled about this. Governor Palin is a pro-life wife and mother of five who chose life for her youngest child when so many in today's world would have chosen abortion. She is a courageous fighter against corruption in government, a true reformer who puts the people first. McCain made a slam



Are you getting enough sugar? Researchers with the Cambridge Department of Neuroscience are working tirelessly to find new treatments for patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. View this recent article on their findings regarding the efficient use of glucose in the brains of mentally ill patients. I personally sent these researchers a thank you note for all their hard work in trying



Today's excerpt..You believe that God is one. You do well.Even the demons believe that and tremble.Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless?View all the readings for May 16 here.



The Passionist Nuns of Whitesville. Please visit the website of the Cloistered Passionist Nuns of Whitesville, Kentucky. They will remember you seven times a day in prayer if you but ask. Take a mini-"retreat" on their web space by viewing their pages on Our Mother of Sorrows, their E-books/Meditations and more. I also recommend a visit to their new vocation blog called In The Shadow Of His



Evolution. Is it realistic?Lately, it is becoming more and more clear to me that the theory of evolution is not something realistic people would buy if they were to hear the scientific case for it. I am an intelligent person and I have been sincerely seeking the answers to legitimate questions about the theory of evolution. Disappointment has been the order of the day since I have found



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It has been a long time since I saw anything on the net about bipolar disorder that made me angry. I admit that I am angry about something that I've just found, but I am trying very hard to be amenable about it. The article that I am referring to is on the website of Raymond Lloyd Richmond, PhD, of San Francisco and can be found HERE. It is an essay that addresses, in part, the cause(s?) of



Feast of the Visitation of MaryTo view today's readings you may click HERE. Today we are taught about the joy that was felt by Mary because of the coming of the Messiah. Mary speaks of what God has done for her, but she also speaks of what God has done for all of humanity. As she tells us, He shares with us His mercy, His strength, protection and nourishment. Because we know that all goodness



Today's Readings (May 30) which can be read HERE seem to epitomize the state of mind one must have in order to truly seek wellness. The first and second readings are both from Psalms. We can see in these readings the crying out to God for help but the crying out is not that of a lamentation. Rather, it is spoken by one who believes that God will fulfill these things asked for. And why do we have



Attaining Mental HealthYou've heard it too many times. Bipolar Disorder is "incurable". Indeed, it is true that there is no cure for this horrible illness, however there are a lot of things you can do to help yourself cope with the illness and to make life a bit more fulfilling. I'd like to give you some tips but first it would probably be best to give you a brief overview of my symptoms:Here



What is Rapid Cycling? The definitions of rapid cycling vary between individuals because there seem to be different manifestions of bipolar disorder that could be termed "rapid cycling". For the well-known definition, try this one at The folks at have been awfully good to me and I think they know their stuff, but in this one particular instance I will have to disagree. In



The Baptist Sunday school teachers did teach me one thing. They taught me this little song.Jesus loves me, this I knowFor the Bible tells me so.Little ones to Him belong.They are weak but He is strong.Yes, Jesus loves me.Yes, Jesus loves me.Yes, Jesus loves me.The Bible tells me so.Now, before you lovely Catholics start making fun of that song, just pay close attention to the words. There is some



In just a few days I will be headed to Massillon, Ohio, to visit Father Gretchko at the National Shrine of St. Dymphna. Actually, I first made plans to visit the Shrine and then met Fr. Gretchko, the priest in charge there, via email. He is very accomodating, I must say. He is also a parish priest and I hope to visit his parish and attend Mass there when we go.About St. Dymphna, follow the



I have returned at last. I am hopeful that this blog can be of help to someone. Perhaps it can also be of help to me.Okay, so what have I been doing with myself? I've basically been riding the roller coaster which is my life. Right now I am angry. Damn angry. I suppose it's chemical. In fact, I know it is. It's enough to make someone want to stop taking the meds. I know a lot of people say that's



Catholics with Bipolar Disorder has a new and very important member. We have a new spiritual director and his name is Brother Steven with the Redemptorists of New Orleans. God bless Brother Steven and God bless the Redemptorists for allowing him to join our group.