Wounds of the Heart, Part 3: Fear, Defensiveness, and Apathy

We continue our exploration of the wounds of the heart by focusing on fear, defensiveness, and apathy. These are enormous topics in general, so it helps to remember that we are just looking at these topics as wounds, rather than as psychological or even biological responses to a given situation. These three are related by … Continued

Wounds of the Heart, Part 2: Anger, Envy, and Confusion

We continue our exploration of the wounds of the heart by focusing on anger, envy, and confusion. Perhaps, these three do not seem like wounds at all, but more like defense mechanisms or appropriate responses to injustice. And, while that can be true, at least for anger and confusion, there are ways in which all … Continued

Wounds of the Heart: Part 1 – Guilt, Shame, and Sadness

Usually, June is an exciting month. School is ending, vacation season is gearing up, and northern states are beginning to enjoy the warmth of sunshine once again. This year, however, feels less exciting for obvious reasons. In the face of the pandemic, and now national protests and civil unrest, I’ve found myself more introspective and … Continued

Forgiving from the Heart

Do you ever struggle to forgive the people in your life when they hurt you? When people hurt us, it’s easy to get frustrated and defensive but Jesus invites us to be compassionate and forgiving. Today, Dr. Sri teaches us three ways to cultivate a heart of forgiveness in our daily lives. “Forgiveness is not … Continued

A Prayer Meditation on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

We have spent some time looking at the various wounds of the heart, wounds that can be extremely painful and destructive, and are in desperate need of tending and care. We have looked at how the Sacred Heart of Jesus offers the perfect remedy for these wounds, but it can still be difficult to approach … Continued

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Fr. Mark-Mary of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and Mother Clare of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal invite you to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with them. It goes like this: Lord, have mercy on us.Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. God the Father of Heaven,God the … Continued

Forgiving Deep Wounds Caused by Family, Praying for Souls in Purgatory, and Tired of Praying

Fr. Josh answers questions about forgiving deep wounds caused by family members, what to do if you’ve grown bored with prayer, and what are some prayers we can say for souls in purgatory. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com. You may hear your question or comment … Continued

5 Ways to Heal Wounds Caused by Sexual Indignity

“Wounds need to be treated, so many wounds! So many wounds! There are so many people who are wounded by material problems, by scandals… People wounded by the world’s illusions…”—Pope Francis Since the fall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in late 2017, we’ve seen a continuous descent of men from powerful places and positions to … Continued

St. Maria Goretti Teaches Us to Forgive When It’s Hardest

It was a few years ago when St. Maria Goretti’s remains came through town. I regret that I did not make the effort to visit them. It was early in my faith reversion and I had not yet come to appreciate the role saints play in our lives. What I remember most is hearing her … Continued

Tarot Cards, Ouija Boards, and Astrology: Are They Dangerous?

So just how dangerous can tarot cards, ouija boards, and astrology really be? Today, Jeff discusses the Christian view of occult powers, and shares passages from the Bible and Catechism explaining their sinful nature. Snippet of the Show “Satan is a liar, and if we go to places outside the kingdom of God, putting our … Continued

The Path of Inner Healing

Guiding others through the path of inner healing is an essential part of the journey of discipleship and evangelization. Today, Dave VanVickle explains why as evangelists it’s important to help others recognize the wounds that are limiting their freedom to respond to God’s love. He provides us practical ways to help navigate others on their path of … Continued

3 Ways to Encounter God’s Mercy

Do you have a hard time receiving God’s love and mercy? Today, Dr. Sri shows us the three ways we can encounter God’s mercy during Mass when we recite the simple yet powerful “Lord, have mercy” prayer. Snippet of the Show While God wants us to acknowledge our sins and sincerely repent, he does not … Continued
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