Take Heart

The word, encourage, comes from the Old French, encouragier, which means “to make strong” or “to give heart.” We all seem to need and thrive on encouragement. So what makes our hearts faint and in need of strengthening?   The Faint of Heart A major heart-weakener is fear—the anxiety or anticipation of something we perceive […]

The Secret to a Happy Marriage

It was Sunday morning, and my wife and I were listening to a couple talk about how to tune up your marriage. At one point, they asked the audience to share what they thought was the most crucial ingredient for keeping a marriage healthy. Good communication, mutual respect, shared commitment, and praying together were all […]

Cultivating Joy

Jacob had just come away from a Christ Renews His Parish retreat, and he felt amazing! Over the weekend, he and other men opened up to each other in a way he had never done before. Jacob felt closer to God, too. His mood soared for several weeks, and he felt like he finally had […]

Counter-Dynamics: Natural Resistance to Change

Every human being has some natural resistance to change, and this resistance is not necessarily a bad thing. We enjoy familiar people, objects, and situations. Rather than always placing ourselves in danger or awkward situations, enjoying security and constancy can be healthy for us. Habits make our lives more efficient and preferable to having to […]