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Lent is about Redemption

Lent is about Redemption

Lenten Themes: Christ Fulfills The Old Law Via Redemption Lent is about redemption.  Through suffering, comes redemption.  As our sacrifices and penance bloom forth into the Easter Pascha and Easter Baskets, so Christ’s suffering led to his glorious Resurrection. Christ Fulfills the Failures of the Old Law The Old Law while serving its purpose in the dark ages of Original Sin was fulfilled by Christ and elevated to a new level.  This is why in redemption history we hear the terms, “Christ figure” or “Prefigurement of Christ”.  The Old Testament Patriarchs while holy were far from perfect but they gave

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Christian Counseling: Experiencing the Passion This Lent

Christian Counseling: Experiencing the Passion This Lent

Certifications in Christian Counseling: The Passion of Christ Christian Counseling hopes to prepare spiritual children for Lent.  In some ways, a Certified Christian Counselor becomes a spiritual mentor or spiritual director in these cases.  One of the ways to help spiritual children, and yourself, grow spiritually is a focus on one’s sins and the Passion of Christ this Lent. For those interested in certifications in Christian Counseling, this article will have spiritual benefit Experiencing the Passion of Christ can be accomplished numerous ways.  First and foremost via meditation.  A meditation that becomes initially active in choosing a mystery of Christ’s

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Eastern Fast and Western Fast: The Difference?

Eastern Fast and Western Fast:  The Difference?

Become a Certified Christian Counselor:  East and West Fast Differences Christian Counselors can help many confused Christians of both East and West regarding fast rules and regulations.  Christian Counseling sessions can include a time for informative exchange of information.  One such conversation can include both Eastern and Western guidelines. The History of Differences Even prior to the schism of the Eleventh Century, the East and the West had begun to diverge socially from each other.  While the Eastern empire continued to prosper, the Western empire began to crumble as barbarian invasions crippled it during the Fourth and Fifth centuries.  Traditions

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Lent: At the Base of Golgatha

Lent: At the Base of Golgatha

Which Sacrifice is Better: Self Imposed or Inflicted? Lent begins next week for the Eastern Catholic Church on Monday and for the Western Church as a whole on Wednesday.  While there are many regulations and ideas regarding fasting, days of abstinence and sacrifice, we will focus on a deeper spiritual idea today.  If you are interested in regulatory issues, please review blogs from last year that are archived, but this year I would rather focus on a deeper mystical issues.   Issues that Christian Counseling should look at as true methods for spiritual growth instead of merely giving something up and “grumbling about it

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Are You Interested in Christian Counseling ?

Are you interested in Christian Counseling? Click below to view the video on Christian Counseling at AIHCP Click here   Thank you for reviewing our site and your interested in Christian Counseling   AIHCP

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Learning More About Christian Counseling: Solitude and Silence in Christian Life

Learning More About Christian Counseling: Solitude and Silence in Christian Life

Christian Counseling: The Life of Solitude in Christian Thought Christians Counselors and Mystics understand the value of solitude and peace.  St. Teresa of Avila found it essential in contemplative formation.  Solitude is in many ways, the spiritual fortress Christians retreat to in order to heal and reconvene with their master, Christ.  As St. Teresa learned though, Christian solitude while necessary for formation is only temporary, for the Gospel of Christ is a social Gospel to spread and care for one’s brothers and sisters.  Christ recreates us with his grace and utilizes us for his purpose.  Solitude and peace is only temporary

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PreLenten Sundays and Preparation for the Great Fast

PreLenten Sundays and Preparation for the Great Fast

Christian Counseling: Preparation for Lent from the Perspective of the East Prior to the start of the Great Fast, the Eastern Church in particular prepares itself through four Pre-Lenten Sunday themes.  These themes are associated with fasting, forgiveness and judgment and are also Sundays that celebrate items that will be denied during the Fast.  Christian Counselors who have knowledge of Eastern ideals can also help you understand these celebrations. The first Sunday is the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee.  In this story, Eastern Catholics and Orthodox Christians are shown the importance of humility in fasting.  God rejects pride

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Christian Counseling: Christ in Marriage

Christian Counseling: Christ in Marriage

Christian Counseling:  Is Christ in Your Marriage? Recently a homily on the Wedding Feast of Cana caught my ear.  The priest emphasized the importance of Christ in one’s marriage.  Christian Counseling must also emphasize this invitation to Christ to young married couples.  With divorce rates sky rocketing and marriage becoming merely a legal title, the secular idea of marriage has failed society.  It has led to broken homes which have led to broken people.  Without the stability of the first cell of society, how can society thrive? By inviting Christ into your marriage, you increase your chance to preserve your

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Christian Counseling: True Contrition and the Story of the Pharisee and the Publican

Christian Counseling: True Contrition and the Story of the Pharisee and the Publican

Christian Counseling: What is True Contrition In Christian Counseling, counselors constantly help people seeking forgiveness for the sins of their life.  These people usually are sincerely seeking forgiveness and hope to find reconciliation with God. In contrition, the person in perfect humility acknowledges one’s failures and hopes to alter one’s life style.  Contrition can be legitimate but imperfect if contrition is a result of fear of retribution and is considered perfect if the sole purpose is grief over offending God. It is the saints especially who felt this perfect contrition at the highest levels.  The fear of offending God was

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Christian Counseling:The Theophany and Its Implications

Christian Counseling:The Theophany and Its Implications

Christian Counseling and Themes from the Theophany After celebrating the Theophany or the Baptism of Christ last Sunday on January 6th, we can mediate on many aspects of Christ and St. John the Baptist.  Certified counselors during Christian Counseling should utilize various feast days that surround their sessions, especially if they can help illuminate a particular theme in counseling.  The Baptism of Christ has a variety of themes. The first theme is the necessity of Baptism and the humility of Christ.  Jesus obviously did not need to be baptized but he lowered himself to teach us the importance of obedience