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Be with the Word -Episode 86 The Self as Mediator
Dr. Gerry explores the readings for the Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time and the idea of the "Self" as mediator. God the Father wants to restore the vulnerable.and broken to a state of joy and fulfillment. Christ is the ultimate high priest who mediates God's work to mankind. By virtue of our baptism and calling we are also called to be a mediator and make a positive difference in the world by taking actions and exercising our gifts. The human "Self" has the unique ability to transform the world by mediating God's grace and work.
Episode 85 - Healing Our Sexual Brokenness
In this special episode taken from a recent Catholic Journeymen web meeting, Dr. Gerry discusses types of sexual brokenness and how they are rooted in attachment wounds. He provides an activity to re-align our imagination to the truths of our faith that we are to be a gift of self in mutually giving relationships.
Episode 84 - Breaking free of Power Struggles to find Joy
Dr. Gerry explores the themes of suffering and joy in the readings of the 26th-29th Sundays in ordinary time. We must develop 'wisdom of the heart' in order to break free of attachments. Dr. Gerry discusses how our fantasies involve power struggles which despite distortion reveal our true needs. It is in caring for others that leads to joy and gladness. It is in meeting the deeper need that we can break the power struggle inherent in our fantasies. Dr. Gerry walks us through accepting what we really need: goodness, consolation, comfort and connection. Calling a few good men: Join Dr. Gerry in an online community for Catholic men: www.catholicjourneymen.com
Episode 83 - Presenting Truth and Accepting Persecution
Why do we have unfruitful debates with non-Catholics (and some Catholics) on controversial topics? Dr. Gerry explores the difference between a philosophical worldview based on objective truth compared to a postmodern de-constructivist worldview that is common today. In order to have a productive discussion or debate with someone with a different position, especially big topics today such as abortion or trans issues, one must be clear and open about one’s philosophical position. Dr. Gerry advocates being honest about one’s philosophical worldview and speaking from the heart with the qualities that St. James mentions that make up wisdom; these include being peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy, and having good fruits. We need to approach these discussions with humility not just to win an argument. If we’ve done this and we’re still persecuted, we can rely on God’s presence without disgrace. These principles apply all the more within families where family members disagree on important and heated topics.
Episode 82 - Resolving Inner Conflicts by Understanding our "Wicked" Parts
We all have inner conflicts as we have parts that are polarized. In the readings Isaiah speaks about the blind seeing, the deaf hearing and the mute singing The psalm speaks of the wicked compared to the fatherless and the widows. St. James tells us not to show partiality for the rich over the poor. And Jesus heals a mute person. How can we break the inner conflicts inside of ourselves? Dr. Gerry describes his own personal journey of recognizing that his "bad boy" part was really hurt and sad, but was in conflict with a strong righteous protector part. Dr. Gerry then shares his experience of bringing this hurting part to communion. Dr. Gerry is on the Hallow App under "mental health" and "relationships". He discusses discovering one's identity in God and then expressing that identity with others. He also provides four guided meditations. Sign up for a free trial on Hallow here:https://hallow.ac9mny.net/c/2969053/982234/11108
“Be With The Word” is a weekly podcast from Souls and Hearts with Dr. Gerry Crete, marriage and family therapist. The hosts delve into human and psychological issues that surface in the upcoming Sunday Mass readings.