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Christian Counseling Certification: The Keys to Spiritual Healing

Christian Counseling Certification: Spiritual Healing Also Involves You     Spiritual healing involves not only the healing agent but also the recipient of the gift.  Christ never healed against one’s will, but required the consent of the person wishing to be healed.  In this way, three characteristics should be present in the person to be healed.  Besides the prerequisite of faith, the first step involves obedience, the second-change and the third-responsibility. Rev. Cindyann Faubel discusses how prayer and healing takes place in these three steps of obedience, change and responsibility. Now in this town of Jerusalem, by the ‘Sheep’s Gate’, was a pool. In Hebrew,

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Christian Counseling Courses: The Inner Essence of Prayer

Mental Prayer involves understanding what we are saying and reflecting on it

Christian Counseling People to a Better Prayer Life   In past blogs, we discussed the external nature of prayer, its purposes and benefits.  In this blog, I would like to discuss key points that should be highlighted in one’s prayer life.  Many of these ideas stem from St. Teresa of Avila and other saints whose experience in meditative prayer far outweigh our own.  However before delving deeper into prayer itself, I think we can find the core of prayer found in the words of Christ in the “Our Father“. Our Lord taught us a few key concepts in the “Our

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Obedience: A Bitter Gift

Obedience: A Bitter Gift

Christian Counseling and Obedience If union with God involves submission of our will to God’s will and making two wills become one, then how can one accomplish this feat without obedience.  Obedience is the ultimate bitter gift in which we surrender our own will to God’s will.  How can one surrender without the virtue of obedience?  How can one magically surrender to God, if throughout one’s life, they have manifested disobedience to all forms of authority?  Disobedience is a fruit of pride.  Lucifer in his pride, disobeyed God and refused to submit his will to the divine. Christian Counseling sessions should seek to

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Christian Perspective: What is True Union with God?

Christian Perspective: What is True Union with God?

Christian Perspectives on Union with God So many times we get caught up in the romance and excitement of anything in life.  The same is true with spirituality.  Many are deceived by false promises of Eastern religions that teach deification instead of unification.  New Agers, free lance spiritualists and other pseudo Christians speak of the marvels of the East and how one can astral project oneself or become unified with an entity and learn secret and lost wisdom.  Some also boast within the West of great raptures or locutions and visions.  Extraordinary miracles and spiritual favors are equal to union in their mind.  The

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Humility is Truth

Humility is Truth

Humility Reflects the True Nature of What We Are Some people need to drink a ”tall glass of reality”.  Their narcissistic self love dilutes their sense of reality and enhances their false value in the world.   Conquered by the vice of pride and guided by only material pursuits, they lose value of truth; the truth that without God we are nothing.  When counseling against the vice of pride, one must turn to the virtue of humility. Humility is an important virtue because it reflects truth.  In the case of Christ, his humility reflected love.  Christ’s humility never reflected any insignificance since he was perfect but instead showed

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Counseling One Through the Mansions of St Teresa’s Interior Castle

St. Teresa experiencing a vision

A Counseling Guide to the Interior Castle The title of this blog suggests a massive undertaking.  To supply one with a complete narrative and counseling guide to St. Teresa’s Interior Castle would take volumes and would require one with an acute expertise of the writings of St. Teresa.  While I encourage such a work, I am here to only highlight some ideas found in the Interior Castle that can be utilized in Christian Counseling. When a soul regains it spiritual sight, it naturally seeks entry into the castle of God. The key to this entry is prayer and meditation.  St. Teresa emphasizes as a

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Christian Counseling: “Lord, Help Me Up Again!”

Christian Counseling: “Lord, Help Me Up Again!”

Christian Counseling: What Can Falling Teach Us? When we fall, the least thing we need to hear is “shame on you” or “you hypocrite” or “you sinner” or some long sermon on what is right.  Most people who continually fall, while in need of spiritual betterment, nevertheless are in the habit of “getting back up”.  In these cases, Christian Counselors need to be more pastoral in their counseling than dogmatic.  Those in the habit of getting back up after moral relapse usually already know the nature of their vice and want to be better.  What they need is love, compassion and

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Do We Flee Our Vocation Like Jonah?

Counseling Those To Their Vocation: Jonah Many flee their calling from God.  It is hard to help counsel them in the right direction because they are overcome with fear.  In previous blogs, we looked at the faith of Peter to walk on water as he followed Christ.  Peter was filled with faith and wished to follow our Lord without fear.  Only when he took his eyes off his Lord, did he begin to fall, but only to be gently lifted by the hand of Christ.  Peter teaches us that we must follow Christ and accept our vocation.  Fear should not be an obstacle. Yet, many

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Samson: The Patron Saint Against Despair

Samson: The Patron Saint Against Despair

Counseling Despair: Never Forget Samson Many in the world commit great sins in their life and when the time comes for them to face their Lord, they hide in fear.  Like Adam, they hide in the bushes, or like Judas, may even take their life.  Counseling and removing despair from someone can be a difficult feat, but one needs to look no farther than Samson. Samson was blessed by the Lord with amazing strength.  This charism from the Holy Spirit enabled him to defend Israel yet his fallen nature fell to the temptation of Deliah, who seduced him and found the key to

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Christian Counseling Education: The Internal Battle of the Soul: Intellect, Will, Conscience and Grace

Christian Counseling Education: The Internal Battle of the Soul: Intellect, Will, Conscience and Grace

The Christian Counselor as a Pastoral Guide and a Moral Theologian: Helping One Defeat Oneself There has been much written in this blog and among other theologians and writers regarding the external nature of temptation, occasion of sin and the ploys of Satan in regards to our soul.  I would like to focus more on the internal struggle of temptation between man, the action and God.  Within our fallen nature, we have more to worry about than a diabolical being, corrupted individuals and the whiles of the flesh.  Instead, it is sometimes within our very own will that we experience our most