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Certification In Christian Counseling: The Seven Joys of Mary and Counseling

Certification In Christian Counseling: The Seven Joys of Mary and Counseling

Certification in Christian Counseling: Counseling for Joy in the Life of Mary So many times in Christian theology, we focus only on the sorrows of Christ, Mary, and the saints.  In this short article, I would like to focus instead on the some of the joys especially during the Easter season.  In particular, since in previous articles we looked at Mary’s seven sorrows, I would like to look at her seven joys.  Catholics as well as Protestants can find some common ground in professing joy during counseling sessions.  As Christians we can all share in joyous moments of Jesus and

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Counseling Through the Confusion of Catholic Marriage Laws

Counseling Through the Confusion of Catholic Marriage Laws

Counseling Through the Marriage Laws of the Catholic Church Confusion is the most common element when it comes to the Canon Law of the Catholic Church concerning its marriage laws.  Especially for counselors who hope to counsel those through it.  Protestant counselors in this regard can release a sigh of relief in that they are not concerned with such legalistic matters, however, Catholic counselors will need some education in the confusing and murky waters of the Church and its marriage laws. In studying these legalistic issues, one should not be too intimidated, these rules only caused Henry VIII to break

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The Spiritual Aid of Angels in Counseling

The Spiritual Aid of Angels in Counseling

Spiritual Aid of Angels in Counseling Made in the image and likeness of God, angels too share in the glory of God in an intimate way that only creatures blessed with free will can.  As man, they too were tested, and as man, some failed.  Yet the good angels who did not fail became integral parts in the history of mankind.  They became our spiritual elder siblings who care for their younger sibling.  The spiritual director or counselorshould take special consideration of their love for humanity and plead for their intercession and guidance in counseling sessions.  The spiritual aid of

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Christian Counseling Certification Program: Counseling and Guiding Christians Through Discernment

Christian Counseling Certification Program: Counseling and Guiding Christians Through Discernment

Christian Counseling Certification Program: Guiding Christians Through Discernment When various inclinations or choices come to one at a macro or micro level, one in some cases needs to make a moral judgment on the choice.  In some cases, the conscience can determine the value of the choice especially if the conscience is formed properly in accordance with God and his commandments.  Sometimes, however, feelings and inclinations are more difficult to ascertain and the issue of discernment becomes critical. In these cases, counselors need to guide Christians through discernment.  In these cases, St. Ignatius lays out ground work for pastors, Christian

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Christian Counseling Ceritfication Training: Christian Education and the Rights of Parents

Christian Counseling Ceritfication Training: Christian Education and the Rights of Parents

Christian Counseling Certification Training: Christian Education and Teaching Children One of the most prominent rights of parents but least utilized is the right to educate.  Only recently with the emergence of Home Schooling in opposition to secularism in schools has the issue become not only a moral one but a legal one. Christian Education is an extremely important part of child development that starts in the home. Christian Counselors and the church must always stand and defend the inherent and God given right that parents have as the primary educators of their children.  Through the grace of the Holy Spirit,

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Christian Counseling is at Odds with Moral Relativism

Christian Counseling is at Odds with Moral Relativism

Christian Counseling Versus Moral Relativism Christian Counseling seeks the truth in all solutions.  A Christian Counselor never sends a person down the road of least resistance but down the road of truth.  The objective reality of a binding truth in all moral decisions is the moral compass a counselor uses when directing people in a decision.  Christian Counselors, and especially Spiritual Directors, have a grave responsibility to help form good moral character.  When dealing with Moral Relativism , one is confronted with a secular and atheistic philosophy that challenges the very essence of truth. Subjective Moral Relativism teaches that moral

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Counseling for Good Decision Making

Counseling for Good Decision Making

Ignatian Ideals for the Counseling of Forming Decisions St. Ignatius in his Spiritual Exercises focuses on many spiritual dilemmas and decisions.  In particular he emphasizes the importance in making good elections or decisions.  A critical element in Christian counseling and spiritual counseling is helping others form good life decisions.  These decisions may range from vocational life decisions to everyday life decisions.  Regardless of the magnitude, St. Ignatius believes decisions should be made carefully and deliberately when they involve the life of the soul. As a Christian Counselor it is important to help a spiritual child find peace and resolution in

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America’s Christian Symbol

America’s Christian Symbol

Christian Symbol of America While it is true our constitution does not endorse one religion over another, one cannot deny the imprint of Christianity upon the history of America and the importance of it in the life of Americans.  While immoral laws pass and the idea of God is attacked, the will and desires of the people is truly seen in this soon to be constructed 700 foot cross which is a true Christian symbol of our country. Foxnews writes about this giant monument to Christ in the country’s heartland. Public symbols of Christianity are under attack around the nation,

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Agnosticism and Christian Counseling

Agnosticism and Christian Counseling

Christian Counseling and Agnosticism Christian Counseling with an Agnostic can be a challenge because an Agnostic does not share the core faith as a Christian.  Agnosticism while not denying the existence of God, questions the existence and is skeptical of any truth and finds truth in a cafeteria of philosophies that suite him one day and un suit him the next day. When dealing with an Agnostic, one must understand the primary issue affecting him.  This issue lies in the sole issue of faith.  The Agnostic does not possess the theological virtue of faith.  He is subdued with doubt and

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The Christian Family and the Role of the Man

The Christian Family and the Role of the Man

The role of the man in the Christian family The Christian Familyis constantly besought with a variety of ideals that transgress the natural order of marriage.  Modern secular society presents numerous views of what a family should be or look like all the while distorting the gender roles of husband and wife.  These distortions come from a variety of gender stereotypes and immoral ideals that corrupt the natural dignity of masculinity and femininity.  With these things in mind, it is important to note that the spiritual nature of humanity corresponds with its physical gender.  The nature of man is not