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Remembering Catholic Psychiatrist Conrad Baars (6430)

Sue Baars reflects on her father’s contributions to psychiatry and the Church.

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Sue Baars

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It is the 40th anniversary since Catholic psychiatrist Conrad Baars (1919-1981) joined with Anna Terruwe to release the book The Role of the Church in the Causation, Treatment and Prevention of the Crisis in the Priesthood. A synthesis of ideas which they had presented to the 1970 Synod of Catholic Bishops, the book described what is today termed emotional deprivation disorder and warned that priests and religious with emotional repression and love deprivation could lead to disaster in the Church. Champions of Baars’ beliefs included Pope Paul VI.

The psychiatrist’s daughter, Sue Baars, is a therapist at In His Image Christian Counseling Service in Irving, Texas, and continues to keep...READ MORE

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The Holy Spirit’s Top 7 and the Ascension’s Top 10 (1635)

User's Guide to Sunday, May 20.

05/20/2012 Comment

– Wikipedia

Sunday, May 20, is Ascension Sunday in most of the United States. The Archdioceses of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia and the dioceses of the state of Nebraska all celebrate Ascension Thursday (May 17), as does Rome.

The time between the Ascension and Pentecost is traditionally a time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Click here for a great novena EWTN offers for the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Day 1: The novena begins.
Day 2: The gift of fear of the Lord, or reverence for God and distaste for sin.
Day 3: The gift of piety, consolation from spiritual things.
Day 4: The gift of fortitude, courage to do the right thing.
Day 5: the gift of knowledge,...READ MORE

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Called to Hope (4327)

Introducing our new singles column: Author Emily Stimpson of The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years: The Nuts and Bolts of Staying Sane and Happy While Waiting for Mr. Right on why singles should be hopeful for God's plan for their love lives.

05/20/2012 Comment

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Recently, one of my younger friends, feeling the sting of singleness rather acutely, sent me an email.

“I don’t know how you do this single thing so well,” she wrote. “I’m frustrated, angry and tired of hoping.”

Then came my favorite line.

“How did you get to be 36 and single without going crazy?”

Once I got my laughter under control, I wrote back, telling her that I don’t always do it so well. I have more than my share of days when I’m lonely, confused and shaking my fist at the picture in my hallway of the Sacred Heart. Most of us do.

I also explained that the only way I’ve gotten to be 36 and single without going crazy is by not spending the past 10 years thinking about being...READ MORE

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Mother Angelica’s Monastery at 50: Southern Hospitality Meets Divine Providence (13161)

The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration celebrate a major milestone: May 20 issue feature.

05/20/2012 Comment


On May 20, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration mark the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Mother Angelica’s Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Alabama. Mother Angelica’s Poor Clares are part of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration order which originated in France.

On May 20, 1962, Archbishop Thomas Toolen of Mobile, Ala., dedicated the monastery in Irondale, Ala. Twelve days earlier, on May 8, Mother Angelica, along with four other sisters, left Sancta Clara in Canton, Ohio, for this new foundation of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in the suburbs of Birmingham.

Facing a serious spinal operation, Mother Angelica — who celebrated her 89th birthday on April 20 — had promised...READ MORE

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Mary, Mother of Mercy, Intercede for Us (4991)

May is the ideal time to honor the Blessed Mother under this title: May 20 issue feature.

05/19/2012 Comment

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May is the month traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We should look for special ways to honor her. One way is devotion to her under one of her titles.

As she told St. Faustina Kowalska, recorded in Divine Mercy in My Soul: Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, “I am not only Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy.”

Devotion to Mary as Mother of Mercy continues the great connection with the feast of Divine Mercy, which often falls in May during the Easter season (this year it was April 15).

Robert Stackpole, director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy, explains four ways in which Mary is rightly called our Mother of Mercy.

First of all, through...READ MORE

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Truth and the Need for the Holy Spirit (3004)

May 20 issue column.

05/19/2012 Comment

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On June 8, 1978, Nobel Laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn ascended to the podium at Harvard University and delivered a commencement address that was the perfect antithesis of political correctness. Being aware that his words might not be well received by all, he stressed that he came not as an adversary, but as a friend.

He began by pointing out that Harvard’s motto is “Veritas” (Truth) and acknowledging that truth often eludes us. When it does not elude us, he went on to say, “truth is seldom pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter.” Ralph Waldo Emerson had said to his fellow Americans many years earlier that “God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you...READ MORE

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What is the Significance of a Novena?, A Prayer Before Sex, Keep Your Kids Catholic, and much more! (4018)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/19/2012 Comments (1)

What is the Significance of a Novena? Why 9 Days? Click on the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush to read and learn more.

What is the Significance of a Novena? Why 9 Days? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

A Prayer Before Sex - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Keep Your Kids Catholic - Devin Rose, St. Joseph's Vanguard

Tolerance Looks Like Rainbows & Smells Like Burning Churches - The Pulpit

On Being a Catholic Writer - Ralph McInerny, Crisis Magazine

Satan’s Commencement Address - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Five Ways to Lose the Argument with Atheists - Peter D. Williams, Catholic Herald

Did Vatican II Did Away with Aquinas? No, Here's Why. . . - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

Canon Lawsuit in the Works Against Georgetown University - Mathew Archbold, The...READ MORE

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Finding Balance in Personal and Professional Life (4953)

Saturday Book Pick: Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction, by Matthew Kelly

05/19/2012 Comments (3)

In fewer than 150 pages, Matthew Kelly’s latest book, Off Balance, delivers very clear guidance to help readers attain a life that is personally and professionally satisfying. Similar to the guidance dispensed in his 2002 book Rediscover Catholicism, Kelly’s recommended path to such a life is quite simple:

  • Set clear priorities.
  • Don’t let top priorities be eclipsed by lesser ones or those that fail to make it on the list.
  • Establish a strategy and good habits that enable you to meet your priorities.
  • Measure your progress and hold yourself accountable.

What began as a book intended to help readers attain work-life balance evolved into one that seeks to destroy the idea...READ MORE

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