dont let your heart grow cold

Courageously Human

“To instruct the ignorant, to counsel the doubtful, to admonish sinners, to comfort the afflicted.”
As a second year student in the Counseling program at Franciscan University, I am an intern working with recovering addicts. I am a recovering addict. And the thing that has struck me most poignantly of all in my experience with recovering addicts, is that my training in the Mental Health field is not the most important thing when it comes to my job. The most important thing is shared experience.

Pastoral Counseling at Franciscan University of Steubenville

Pastoral Counseling, say what?

After 6 years in a large parish in Atlanta, GA working in youth ministry, I found myself wondering how best to help those coming to me who were wounded and broken. I love my faith, I am a Catechetics and Theology Graduate of Franciscan University and my desire was and still is to be the Lord’s hands and feet in loving His children and pointing them to the Heart of Jesus, the Divine Healer!

Theotokos household group photo outside

It Is Not Good for Man to Be Alone

For those of you who are not aware of Franciscan University’s households, a household is similar to our version of fraternity or sorority. It is a group of men or women who gather together to worship God. Each household has its own covenant that it is based upon and which describes the charisms of the household. Each household meets several times a week for different activities, such as rosary, Mass, or Lord’s Day. Lord’s Day is a setting aside of the sabbath day. It takes place around 4 PM on Saturdays.

St. Josemaria Escriva

Cultivating a Spiritual Life

A requirement of my pastoral counseling class was to commit to a spiritual exercise during the semester in order to grow in our faith lives, as this is the foundation for all we do in pastoral counseling. At the beginning of the semester I was excited to be able to do this assignment. I wanted to commit to a Holy Hour every week, and hopefully add a couple more Holy Hours when I was able.

Worry less coffee mug

Self Care: What I Learned From My Fever

This semester has been quite possibly the craziest time of my life. This past summer was one that led to a schoolwork burnout. Working seven days a week to get all of the required internship hours and then enduring four-hour night classes after long day ran my energy and focus out. I had two weeks after the summer of fun to return home to my family in Florida until the fall semester.

Christian Atheist

A Christian Atheist?

I recently stumbled across this phrase.  The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist.  This is the title of a book written by Craig Groeschel.  I saw the main title and was a bit taken aback.  A Christian Atheist….what the heck is that?  I then saw the rest of the title.  Ouch.  Needless to say, I bought a copy and have recently finished reading it.

'Alcoholism isn't a spectator sport'

Addiction, Family, & Healing

When it comes to issues that would highly benefit from pastoral counseling, helping the families of addicts is near the top of the list. I subscribe to the following definition of addiction, which is the disease model that I learned in Prof. Mikita’s substance abuse course: addiction is a primary (not caused by a previous disease, injury, event), progressive (it will worsen), chronic (it is not curable), and fatal (if left untreated) disease.