The Annunciation and Catholic Mental Health

Editor’s note: this is a reprint from last year, remixed and touched up. Enjoy! “Behold the handmaid of the Lord…” With a few simple words Mary changed the course of her life and the course of human history. But what does it mean to behold something? Webster’s dictionary defines the word “behold” as “to see, […]

Zahra’s Zeal – Hell on Earth, or Earth in Hell?

What if I hadn’t changed, what if I hadn’t come back to God at age 24? Would I have been sorry in the end for continuously defying His efforts to pull me out of mental illness? And would Mom’s vision of me in flames have come true? She told me of this vision days after […]

Are we all Arthur Fleck?

A Reflection on “Joker” Hi all! With the Oscars coming on Sunday I thought it fitting to write a reflection on my pick for Best Picture, “Joker”. In this case I ask the question if are we all Arthur Fleck, the man who would be the clown prince of crime. Heavy spoilers to follow! The […]

Suicide and Heaven…Is there hope for victims?

A guest blog by William Hemsworth Hi all! It is with a great deal of honor that I introduce today’s guest blogger. William Hemsworth is a blogger, author, speaker, and Catholic apologist. He wrote this powerful piece about suicide and has graciously allowed us to share it. Please share with anyone who needs to read […]

Well…That Sucked

Hi All! I have to be honest… Friday was not a good day. I woke up with the worst depressive symptoms I have had in a long time. I had this feeling of utter hopelessness and lack of energy to even move. To even get my cat Snowball off of me took a massive effort. […]

Seasonal Depression; or It’s not just the winter blues

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” –Mother Teresa Hi everyone! I shall start this post with an apology; I have been a bit overwhelmed with life and depression and anxiety and all the rest of it; thus I haven’t had the time nor the energy to […]

Stop the Stigma – A Faith – Filled Response

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. -John 14:27 Stigma is defined as a negative attitude or perception of another group of people, such as the stigma of mental illness. […]

Redemptive Suffering – Saving souls one struggle at a time

A guest blog by Greg Swanson Hi Everyone, Thanks for stopping by. I hope you find this post inspiring, but moreover I pray that it draws you closer to our precious Lord Jesus Christ to whom we owe our lives, our redemption and our salvation. “He paid a debt he did not owe, because we […]

Unbroken – A tribute to Veterans

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. Douglas MacArthur Hi all! There was no way I could not share this on Veteran’s day. What follows is a moving tribute to veterans by none other than Jon Bon […]

Christmas Crosses We Bear

Zahra’s Zeal Hi all! 🙂 Christmastime is almost upon us! Perhaps a month and three weeks away, or so! It brings so much joy, family time, memories come alive, people are at their most giving, and of course, we also have presents and good food to enjoy! But what does this season really, truly represent? […]