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Feast Day of St Benedict Joseph Labre-  April 16th
Our Saint Benedict Joseph Labre:  Feast Day Reflection! As we enter 22nd year since the foundation of the Guild I find myself displaced at bit like St. Benedict Joseph Labre. All these years, I had big dreams think ing that someday, "We might have a volunteer center or chapel in his honor"?  Our reality t...

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Jesus' Seven Last Words- Special Meaning for those in Grief
The Seven Last Words Meditation for the bereaved  by the late Father Terence P. Curley T When those we love die they are, in death, very often more present to us than while they were alive. This is evident when we recall memories we thought were long forgotten. It may be some words or gestures or something t...

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Passion Week - A Special Grace for Those Suffering with Mental Illness
Jesus speaks to the depressed and to the bereaved. by Timothy Duff, STM, MA CHL Cert. edited by Theresa Duff "Mental Illness is represented by Jesus' Crown of Thorns"-  St. Teresa of Calcutta As Catholics, we honor the days between Palm Sunday and Easter, our Holy Week, as the holiest time of the liturgica...

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Guild's Lenten Request
  Hello, My Friends,  First, I wanted to thank you for your continued support of the Guild. I hope you have liked the weekly generated emails. If you find it a nuisance, you may unenroll at any time. In the past six months or so I have worked so hard to build up our web's presence. We currently have on...

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Mary and the Way of the Cross
Recommendation to Reflect upon Mary's Life and Heartfelt Sorrows  One of my favorite things to do during Lent is to meditate on the Stations Of The Cross. When I grew up we would go to our Church on Friday's during the Lenton season and say the stations of the Cross. In my current area where I live that devo...

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Fourth Week of Lent Reflection
Fourth Week of Lent Reflection 4th Week of Lent 2018 Live Lent with me Timothy Duff, STM, MA Cert. RCHL What do we do when we see someone being picked on or made fun of in school?  Do we stick up for them? When was the last time you stopped at a traffic light and a homeless person held a sign-up at your window?  ...

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Mary Opens the Door to Lent
Mary Opens the Door to Lent EDITORIAL: The Father willed that Mary’s free choice would bring the Messiah into the world. And he wills that each of his sons and daughters use this same freedom to receive the gift of his merciful love and turn back to him with every fiber of their being. “God created us without us: But he di...

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New Board Member Search
We are Currently Searching for Board Members. We are looking for at least two individuals to join our Leadership Team Minimal responsibilities We will have a phone conference twice a year to discuss the Guild Business This is a requirement for us to re-establish our Non-Profit Status Who are we looking for? ...

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Third Week of Lent Reflection
External Sacrifice: So why exactly are you not eating candy for the next month? This is a very popular penance during Lent, and the questions about it are just as popular. Heaven forbid you should avoid the cake at the birthday party! You LOVE cake! But it’s Lent – a time for penance and sacrifice. Christ has said, “...

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Second Week of Lent Reflection
Second Week of Lent 2018 Chaplain Tim's Reflection Today's Reflection rings in my heart a special way. Just ten years ago, I journeyed to the Holy Land. One of my most favorite memories was the ride up to Mount Tabor. At the top of this very large mound of earth is the Franciscan Monastery. The view is breathtaking - se...

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Mary's Tender Concern
The Guild of St Benedict Joseph Labre's History of Devotion to Mary- Under the title Merciful Mother of the Mentally Ill (MMOMI) Prayer the Chaplet with us during Lent. A few years after founding the Guild in 1996, my mother and I felt a call to bring a new title of Mary specifically under Our Lady Guadalupe and wit...

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February 18th- First Sunday of Lent Reflection
Latest Reflection from Timothy Duff I took my family to the Benedictine Monastery near us today and heard a great homily. It really brought home how to apply my personal Lenten practice with Jesus leading us by example to fast and pray, the Gospel story tells how Our Lord is led into the desert for 40 days. At today Mas...

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Some Good Practices for Lent
Hello, My Friends, I don't know about you, but I seem to always to be looking for that "best practice" for my Lent. I always seem to ask myself: How can I do this Better?  I always have good intentions around my Lenten practices but sometimes fall short of them. I think I have to make it simple for ...

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Preparing for Lent
Over the years, I have had many requests for psychologists and psychiatrists who understand the Catholic perspective. The clinicians from Pastoral Solutions get it right! They have some of the best Catholic resources out there today for anyone looking for such help. Lent is always a good time to take a personal inventory...

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Our Mom- Guadalupe
Dr. Gregory Bottaoro, Psy. D. Our Lady of Guadalupe is such a fascinating apparition of the Blessed Mother. First of all, she poses a real problem to non-believers as she left behind scientifically scrutinized, undeniable proof of a miracle. There is no honest way for “I’ll believe it when I see it” atheists to exist ...

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New Guild Member Announces Prayer Group
The Guild of St. Benedict Joseph Labre actively promotes family support of mental illness. Recently, Timothy was contacted by Irma Silva-Barbeau, Ph.D., OCDS  who shared her personal experience of supporting the families of those with mental illness. He asked her to write an article.  Together with Irma, our Apostolat...

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Sr. Isidora’s Rosary Meditations for those with Mental Illness
Opening Prayer: Lord, may all of the graces and benefits of this Rosary fall upon those with Mental Illness, Psychiatric Disturbance, Behavorial or Learning Disabilities, and those who love and care for them. Grant them peace, health of mind, heart and soul according to Your Most Holy Will. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen....

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Spiritual Support By The Religious- A Personal Witness
Sr. Isidora’s Prayer for the Mentally Ill May God bless all those who suffer from disorders of the mind, their family and love ones, and all who sacrifice so much of their lives for their care. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who Loves and reigns with the Father and Holy Spirit, One God, world without end. Amen! I a...

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Our Lord's Crown of Thorns & Mental Illness
Jesus speaks to the depressed and to the bereaved. by Timothy Duff, STM, MA CHL Cert. edited by Theresa Duff "Mental Illness is represented by Jesus' Crown of Thorns"-  St. Teresa of Calcutta As Catholics, we honor the days between Palm Sunday and Easter, our Holy Week, as the holiest time of the liturgica...

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Mary and The Way of the Cross
Recommendation to Reflect upon Mary's Life and Heartfelt Sorrows  Timothy Duff, STM, MA Cert. RCHL One of my favorite things to do during Lent is to meditate on the Stations Of The Cross. When I grew up we would go to our Church on Friday's during the Lenton season and say the stations of the Cross. In my...

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Sr. Isadora's Reflections on the Mysteries of the Rosary
Opening Prayer: Lord, may all of the graces and benefits of this Rosary fall upon those with Mental Illness, Psychiatric Disturbance, Behavorial or Learning Disabilities, and those who love and care for them. Grant them peace, health of mind, heart and soul according to Your Most Holy Will. We ask this ...

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Support For The Family And Friends Of Persons Suffering From Mental Illness
Timothy Duff, STM, NACC board certified chaplain Guardian and Founder of the Guild of St. Benedict Joseph Labre One of the most difficult experiences a family can go through is to see one of its members suffer from mental illness. A disease that medical journals frequently call “one the worst diseases to afflict mankind.” ...

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The Importance of the Roman Catholic Faith in Treatment of Disorders of the Mind
Dr. Carlos Solis, MD  (edited 12/18/17) A good Doctor helps his patients live better lives, not simply by treating diseases, but also by speaking to them as fellow human beings. The doctor therefore should have a clearer understanding of who it is he is actually treating. In other words, a Roman Catholic knowledge of the "hum...

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