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Mental Suffering is Real Suffering

This article was originally published in Sword & Spade magazine.   Aaron Kheriaty, MD, a Catholic psychologist, explains the reality of depression and psychological suffering.   Jesus Christ’s ministry is a ministry of healing. Yes, He healed the physical ailments of many while on earth, and has done so through His Body,...

04 02 2021

Leading From a Hospital Bed

This article was originally published in Sword & Spade Magazine. Peter Gagnon, Fraternus Captain and father of 7, learned  new lessons in leading while bound to a bed with cancer.  I have always taught my children to meet challenges head on, but “teaching” took on a whole new look when I entered the darkest and most painful part of ...

03 31 2021

Breaking The Chains of Victimhood

This article was originally published in Sword & Spade magazine. Tommy Killackey, Fraternus Captain, describes the dead-end of passive victimhood and the liberation of love. While every life is objectively a wonderful gift from God, I’ve always understood my life to be particularly miraculous. Decidedly before I was even conceived, my m...

03 29 2021

Jesus Defeated Death, He Didn’t Remove Suffering

One of the cruelest banalities of soft (and false) Christianity is the idea that God alleviates the suffering of the righteous.  In America especially there’s a sense that the lessening of suffering is a sign of your election, of God’s love for you (Calvinism is hard to shake from our imagination).  If you’re not relieved from sufferi...

03 24 2021

The Wisdom of Suffering

Why should we succumb to suffering? It can come in many ways. The pain caused by a broken leg. The suffering caused by a chronic illness, with no cure. The grief one feels when his true love breaks his heart. The sorrow caused when a loved one dies, removing him or her from his life until his own death. The pain caused by betrayal, especially when ...

04 05 2019

Learning Obedience in the Wilderness

Every morning the Church begins the Liturgy of the Hours with the invitatory psalm, Psalm 95, which calls us to start our day by recognizing the Lordship of God and worshipping Him. It ends, however, in more startling fashion, calling to mind the Israelites’ rebellion against God in the wilderness (in their 40 years of wandering in the desert aft...

03 28 2019

Cowboys, Tattoos and Mortification of the Flesh

In the film, The Rider, a young man, Brady Blackburn, suffers a debilitating rodeo injury. Blackburn’s world revolves around horses and he must now forge a new identity. Family dysfunction and rural poverty increase the challenge.  The story is based on actual events and the actors play themselves. A subplot involves the friendship between Bl...

03 21 2019

My Evangeline’s Story: Peace in the Desert

In December I shared the first part of Evangeline’s story with you. I told you how questions arose about my daughter’s health during the pregnancy and how she was born with a large bump on her lower back. I told you how I almost passed out in the delivery room and how I wondered what the Lord was trying to tell us with our new daughter’s name...

03 18 2019

What God Can Do to Your Suffering and Sadness

Today I am a year older than my father lived to be.  I’m 36 years old.  Many will read those sentences and think “How sad” but what I think is “How Blessed”. I have been blessed with more time with my family (wife and children) than my father was given (I was eight when my father died, my oldest child is seventeen) and what better gift ...

10 28 2018

Here Are Two Ways to Help the Christians in the Middle East

Before the many problems of the world, we can feel helpless and unable to respond to them. A particularly urgent crisis confronts us with the genocide of Christians in the Middle East. Although Secretary of State John Kerry officially recognized this persecution as genocide, the Obama administration did precious little to assist them and resettle t...

06 11 2018

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