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Finding your digital media balance

Technology can help us connect with parishioners and seekers, but only if we set healthy boundaries for digital communication.

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Reducing social media stress

Social media can cause stress! Some simple coping strategies may help.

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Authentic communication in a digital age

Capuchin Father David Songy explores intentionality in our use of technology.

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Setting digital boundaries

Tips for healthy technology use

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Spirituality of mercy

We receive mercy from God and, touched by his compassion, we then become merciful to others.

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Spiritual exercises and the corporal works of mercy

Capuchin Father David Songy encourages us to provide practical assistance to others in need, as Jesus called us to do, but suggests we don’t stop there.

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Meditating on mercy

A guide for meditating on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy

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Being merciful to yourself

Learning to forgive yourself is a difficult but important part of living the fully human life God wants for us.

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Caregivers: Know your limits

Caregivers must learn to make peace with things outside of their control.

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Self-care necessary for healthy ministry

Priests should acknowledge change and challenges in their life and embrace them in a healthy way.

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Accompanying the ill and dying

Rev. Paul Scaglione discusses the importance of helping patients sustain fruitful relationships with God and others.

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Take care of yourself to take care of others

Dana Dowd, MSPT, offers practical self-care tips.

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Understanding cultural differences

Insights into cross-cultural ministry from Rev. David Songy, O.F.M. Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., President of Saint Luke Institute.

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Tips for helping shared parishes succeed

Recommendations from Mar Muñoz-Visoso, Executive Director, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity, USCCB.

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A struggle for parish unity amid cultural diversity

It is critical that “shared” parishes approach integration slowly and deliberately in order to build community over time.

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An international priest’s perspective

Rev. Agustin Mateo-Ayala’s thoughts on adjusting to life in the United States.

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Supporting successful ministry for international priests and religious

International priests and religious who come to serve in the United States need a strong community to help ease their transition.

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Healthy humor

Using humor in a ministry setting is a great way to build relationships and promote unity.

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Filters impact our communication

The filters that shape how we interpret the world can positively or negatively affect our communication with others.

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Communication habits that work

Choosing the right words when dealing with an uncomfortable topic is difficult, but we can improve our communication skills with attention and practice.

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Aging boomers to impact ministry

One of the biggest challenges the Church will face in the coming years will be the aging of the Baby Boomer generation and the impact on parish, priestly and religious life.

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Tips for effective communication

Quick tips for communicating more effectively.

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Successful sleep habits

Six to eight hours of good sleep per night is one of the most effective ways to give the body the strength it needs to handle stress.

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Family breakdown may increase burnout rates of newly ordained priests

High-quality ongoing human formation is necessary to support young priests who potentially face high burnout rates.

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Allow God to work through natural “touch points”

Build a stronger prayer life by identifying regular “touch points” in which one naturally encounters God.

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Building resilience through healthy relationships

We can develop resilience in ourselves and handle hardship more effectively by cultivating good self-esteem and nurturing healthy relationships.

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Easy exercises to prevent pain

Re-establishing good posture is an easy way to help prevent pain.

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Turning resolutions into successful habits

The main purpose of a New Year’s resolution or self-improvement goal should be to seek progress, not perfection.

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Approach spiritual life with intention

Our relationship with God takes time, energy, and work – just like other relationships.

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Nutrition goals should be realistic, manageable

Learn to manage food, not avoid it.

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Maintaining balance during the holidays

The holidays can be challenging for priests, religious and parish staff who must minister to large crowds while maintaining a healthy emotional and spiritual life.

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Tips for a peaceful Advent & Christmas

Quick tips for self-care in a busy season.

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When grief and loss affect staff

Those in ministry must attend to their own grief in order to provide effective pastoral care to others.

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Healthy habits for the holidays

Exercising and eating and sleeping well can help us prepare for the stress of the holidays.

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Consistency in prayer brings peace to holidays

A consistent prayer life is key to fostering healthy relationships and maintaining balance during busy times of the year.

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Navigating the stages of transition

Priests, religious and lay leaders regularly encounter transitions that, while often expected and perhaps even desired, can nonetheless present challenges.

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Spiritual growth through transition

Times of transition can be an experience of the “dark night of the soul” and are opportunities to surrender to God’s will.

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Food and exercise in times of change

Transition often interrupts our exercise and healthy eating routines, and it is important to be deliberate about making good choices during a time of change.

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