Saturday, August 24, 2013

My Child's Voice Brought Me Back by Joy Veron

Every Mother's worst nightmare: "I could not just watch my children plunge to their deaths so I threw my body in front of the vehicle."

“Come on, Mom, let’s go,” my kids begged. It was a typical plea from kids painfully waiting for adults to finish up so they could get on with their own activity.    It had been a beautiful weekend in the Colorado mountains visiting my parents.  It was hard to leave on this crisp, clear morning, so my husband, Christophe, and I promised our children, Chloe, seven; Annie, five; and Elliot, two, one last swim in the hot springs before we headed home to McAllen, Texas.  But first, my parents were excited to show us the mountain cabin they were thinking of buying.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

How Can I Forgive When I Can’t Forget?

While many people believe forgetting an injury is part of forgiveness, Fr. Justin Waltz, pastor of St. Leo's Church in Minot, ND, suggested just the opposite. In fact, he stated that forgetting is not even possible. “The only type of forgetting I have heard of is stuffing,” he said during a retreat presentation and added, “The hurt is not gone, it is just buried deep within.”  

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Conversion of Marilyn Grodi (Wife of EWTN's Marcus Grodi)

     As many of my clients strove to overcome their addictions to drugs or alcohol, I always suggested they tap into a powerful source for recovery--God.  Sure, some people did it without him, but not most.  God could pick them up where they were at and carry them through the pain and struggles all addicts must work through.    However, it became harder and harder to send people to Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings without feeling like a hypocrite What of my own spiritual recovery?

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Three Exorcists Weigh In: Should You Watch "The Conjuring"?

     The scariest thing about the horror film, The Conjuring is that it’s based on a true story.  It is about an evil presence doing hair-raising things.  The story happened in 1971 and centers around the Perron family, a couple and their five daughters who were terrorized by a dark presence in their secluded Rhode Island farmhouse.