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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

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Accomplishing One’s Vocation In Faith

Accomplishing One’s Vocation In Faith

Christian Counseling to Help Others ‘Walk On Water’ And when Peter arose from the belly of the boat, he saw Christ in the distance upon the sea, walking on water.  He called out to Christ and Christ beckoned him forward.  Peter arose and walked to him but the moment he took his eyes off of his master, he began to sink.  Christ then gently lifted him once again upon the water. Christian Counseling can also help others “walk on water” if one keeps his eye on Christ.  Peter was called by Christ and despite the “impossible” demand, Peter did walk on water, and continued

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The Song of Songs and What Religious and Romantic Love Truly Is

The Song of Songs and What Religious and Romantic Love Truly Is

Romantic and Religious Love Ideals of romantic love and religious love are sometimes very mixed throughout Scripture.  The idea of love of Christ and his love of the church is interwoven with ideals of marriage.  These beautiful analogies show that love at its heart involves certain characteristics.  In the Song of Songs, the woman is reluctant to give up her love of a shepherd for the love of King Solomon.  The poetry in the book expressed her pure love.  Also it proposes a deeper theological significance of a soul’s love for Christ despite the promises of the world.  Below is

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Praying Against Generational Curses and Sin

Praying Against Generational Curses and Sin

Powerful Counseling Prayers Against Sin and Oppression So many times Christian counselors face sin in their spiritual children that is beyond mere counseling techniques or advice.  Sometimes one must turn to prayer to overcome sin, especially in cases of generational curses or other sins of demons that attempt to attach to a particular family tree.  Below are two powerful prayers one can use to cleanse oneself from such oppressive presences.  Father DeGrandis recommends this prayer: “In the Name of Jesus, and by my authority as a Christian, I cut off from past generations any communication of hatred, bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness, lust, envy, gluttony, sloth, pride, anything

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Discerning and Taking on Our Special and Unique Discipleship

Discerning and Taking on Our Special and Unique Discipleship

Counseling the Doubtful to Their Proper Discipleship During the gathering of the twelve, Our Lord did not seek out the most wealthy or influential people, but sought out the fisherman and tradesmen of various villages.  These men were far from educated but had pure hearts.  They were rich in spirit. It is also noteworthy that these men gave up their lives for Christ.  They put away their fishing nets and followed him.  In contrast to the rich man who proudly told the Lord that he had observed all commandments but was unwilling to let go of his possessions and completely

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How Frequent Use of the Eucharist Can Help In Counseling

Breaking Bread

The Eucharist and Its Frequent Reception is Key in Counseling Spiritual Maladies How can a counselor not recommend spiritual food for the sick?  Christian counselors should encourage the frequent reception of the Eucharist for their spiritual children to cure spiritual maladies they are treating.  In the Eucharist, Christ cures, forgives and brings new again.  The infusion of supernatural grace and actual grace to avoid temptation and sin are of instrumental value.  Isn’t This Just a Catholic Thing? On the contrary, this is a Christian ideal that transcends Catholicism.  The moment our Lord told his apostles at the Last Supper to do this

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Training in Christian Counseling: Sacramental Life of Reception of the Spirit

Training in Christian Counseling: Sacramental Life of Reception of the Spirit

Becoming Christian Soldiers of Christ   What a difference a few weeks make?  Scattered like sheep without a shepherd, terrified of the Jews, and cowardly hiding in the shadows, the Apostles and the close Disciples of Christ emerged to the surprise of the Jews as champions and soldiers of Christ.  They triumphantly preached the Gospel, suffered, and praised the chance to bleed for Christ.  A Peter who denied Christ would proclaim Christ and a Mark who ran in shame naked and in fear away from guards in the garden would become the lion of the gospel and roar. What changed these men?  It was not Baptism because they

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Counseling for Christians: The Dangers of Vengeance and the Mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Counseling for Christians: The Dangers of Vengeance and the Mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I Thought They Said an Eye for an Eye? Christian Counseling Responses And Christ told Peter that those who live by the sword shall die by the sword and after that, they apprehended Christ.  This story in Scripture retells the illegal arrest of Christ and how he reprimanded Peter for seeking violence.  Lost in the confusion, Our Lord gently restored an ear to the temple guard whose ear had been cut off by Peter.  This is the love Christ demands and the same demand Christian counselors must echo in their counseling services for those who are obsessed with the demon of vengeance.   Christ told everyone to love one’s