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Prosecuting the Pope

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Prosecuting the Pope   My husband is a very smart man. Whenever I come up with a new idea (aka hairbrained scheme) he asks me his trademark question: What’s the upside? It makes me think. Applying this question never seems to fail. Sure, with anything we consider we need to think about the pitfalls as well, but if there is no discernible or demonstrable upside, then we probably shouldn’t waste... Read More

Emotional & Spiritual Maturity: The difference? (Part I of II)

October 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Allison Ricciardi, Counseling/Therapy

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What’s the Difference Between Emotional and Spiritual Maturity? Part I of II What’s the difference between emotional and spiritual maturity? That’s an interesting question and one that I think warrants definition. As a therapist, I deal with the emotional life of my clients and how those emotions intersect and interact with their thought life. As a specifically Catholic therapist there’s... Read More

Honor Your Father and Mother: Is There a Limit?

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Let’s face it, not all parents are perfect and some fall very short of that mark. In our dysfunctional world, many people today have come from homes of abuse and extreme neglect. In striving to be good Christians, many struggle with this commandment. So, let’s take a closer look. Can we honor parents who constantly hurt or abuse us? The answer is yes- but with qualifications. Since we are called... Read More

Removing Roadblocks on the Path to Holiness

March 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Catholic Therapist, Perfectionism

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Are you looking for  effective ways to help your spiritual resolutions survive beyond mid-February? Resolving to change is the first step but, without an effective action plan, we run the risk of not fulfilling our spiritual goals. One important component of an effective action plan is evaluating the roadblocks that stand in the way of our spiritual growth. What do you encounter in your day that is... Read More

Does emotional suffering hinder spiritual growth?

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Dear Dan, since many people may suffer from some level of emotional immaturity due to childhood experiences, what effect does this have on becoming spiritually mature? Problems such as shyness, depression, lack of self-confidence, sensitivity to criticism, etc. affect trust in God and being able to benefit from spiritual direction. What advice would you give those are in such a situation who are seeking... Read More

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