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    • APRIL 30, 2019
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    Palm Sunday

    Palm Sunday

    Today is Palm Sunday. We celebrate with Lazarus, Mary, Martha and all of Jerusalem, the triumphant coming of Jesus into Jerusalem. Lazarus was raised from the dead! The blind were receiving their sight, the lame were being healed, God Himself was among His people. People’s hopes were high, everyone had fantasies about what the coming

    • APRIL 28, 2019
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    Christ is risen! Truly HE is risen!

    Christ is risen! Truly HE is risen!

    We just finished Holy Week. If we were fortunate enough to be able to experience all the services we find that the experience can be rather intense.   I believe it is designed to be rather overwhelming. However, when we reach a state of overwhelm our nervous system will eventually shut down, or move into collapse.

    • MAY 18, 2018
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    How Do I Know What God’s Will is for Myself?

    How Do I Know What God’s Will is for Myself?

    This is a question that we, as God’s people tend to ask frequently. As human beings, we like certainty. We want to make sure we are “right with God” and we “don’t want to get it wrong”! Some people are afraid that they might miss God’s will for their life, and make an irreparable mistake.

    • APRIL 4, 2018
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    True & False Repentance

    True & False Repentance

    As we approach Pascha we will be seeing two types of repentance. One is true and one is false. Judas represents a false repentance. St. Peter, on the other hand, demonstrates a true repentance. The difference is this: when Judas came to his senses he was stricken with guilt. His guilt is a false guilt.

    • APRIL 26, 2017
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    What is Self Esteem

    What is Self Esteem

    A client of mine, who is a recovering addict/alcoholic and incest survivor recently asked me what “self-esteem” is. Rather than defining it, I gave her the following answer:I now have self-esteem, but I didn’t use to. This is the difference it has made in my life:  In the past, I would barely talk to people

    • DECEMBER 15, 2016
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    Putting recovery first

    Putting recovery first

    As we quickly move to the end of the year, my thoughts are drawn to how quickly life seems to be moving by. It is December already! Where did the year go? No sooner does Monday arrive, when Friday dawns. Each day seems lost in a blur, as one follows the next in rapid succession.

    • OCTOBER 6, 2016
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    Toxic Faith?!

    Toxic Faith?!

    In my private practice, I see many people who are struggling with their faith. Many times the struggle is really an obsession over doing things right, perfectly or out of a profound sense of shame. Many of them believe that even after confession they are not really forgiven because they are so bad. They do

    • OCTOBER 6, 2016
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    Surviving the Holidays with Grace

    Surviving the Holidays with Grace

    As we move into Fall, and the holiday season, many people fill with dismay and dread. What could be a glorious time of connecting with family, standing before God with gratitude for all of His blessings, purifying our heart through Advent, and celebrating the birth of our Savior with our human and church families, often

    • OCTOBER 6, 2016
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    For the Holidays

    For the Holidays

    As we all know, the upcoming holidays are a high risk time for relapse for people who are recovering from addictions to sugar, alcohol, and other drugs and behaviors.  Parties and family gatherings increase exposure to sugar and alcohol, and there might be pressure to “drink just one” or “I baked it just for you!”

    • OCTOBER 6, 2016
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    Healthy vs Toxic Shame for Orthodox Christians

    Healthy vs Toxic Shame for Orthodox Christians

    By: Fr. Seraphim Gisetti There is much talk in contemporary addiction treatment and psychotherapy about shame and how it drives addiction, depression, anxiety and violence. As Orthodox Christians, we want to distinguish between toxic shame and healthy shame. God created us with a conscience. This gives us the ability to distinguish between righteous and unrighteous