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We Have Changed Our Email Address
We have Changed our Email Address  Click Here to Send us an Acknowledgement Hello Everyone, In order to keep our website update we no longer are able to use America Online.  We have switched over to Google. I thankyou for your patience as we go through this transition. Our new email address is: guildbjlabre@gmail.com...

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Sr. Isidora's Rosary Meditations Printed
Sr. Isidora's Rosary Meditations Now Printed One of our members who has had her own hardships dealing with mental illness wrote prayer meditations and petitions for the rosary.  Each decade of each mystery is dedicated to a different 1diagnosis of the illness of the human mind. Please pray with us fo...

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Another Look at the Saints- Where do you fit in?
Can someone who is mentally ill become a saint? Mental Illness can bring holiness By Request- I decided to place something back into our blog: it is a booklet that someone sent me named Neuroses and Sanctity. God Bless Mr. Laruffa for his courageous effort.      Warning- The booklet may be contraversial...

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Holiday Stress...Oh No!...What is Next?
Holiday Stress...Oh No!...What is Next? I don't know about you, but when I start getting ready for the holidays, things can easily seem to get out of hand and become overwhelming. I know this and I have supported others with this same experience. How about you? Well,  most recently, I was surfing on the net again and came a...

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Third Sunday in Advent
The Third Week of Advent 2018 Let Us Be Joyful! We are coming up on one of my favorite weeks in the "New" Liturgical Year preparing for Christmas and living out the Life of Our Lord for 2019.  This comes with my own anxiety around the holiday celebration; four years ago we received two beautiful Christmas present...

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Anxiety- What do we do with it?
Anxiety- What do we do with it? Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. (Philippians 4:6) "St Francis De Sales once said , “We must trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to our  faithfulness, and the future to his providence.&rd...

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Second Sunday of Advent
               "The Sermon of St. John the Baptist" (1653) by Adriaen van Nieulandt (Newscom/Cameraphoto/akg-images) Message of second week of Advent full of urgent hopefulness   by Marty Haugen What a rich and delightful potpourri are our Adven...

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First Sunday of Advent
Advent: December 2nd First Sunday of Advent The following article is adapted from Catholic Culture.org MASS READINGS December 02, 2018 Clink link for the (Readings on USCCB website) COLLECT PRAYER Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his ...

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Let Us Begin Advent
Let us Begin Advent and Prepare for Christmas Can you believe it is time for another NEW Year? How do you plan to receive Christ this year? Myself, I plan to focus on my own health. I have struggled with diabetes for over 25 years and I plan on working on my body more perfectly to make room for Christ. One of my favori...

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Latest Reflection on the Life of St Benedict Joseph Labre
Latest Reflection on the Life of St Benedict Joseph Labre Every Wednesday (American Eastern Standard Time from 6pm to 7pm) my family and I adore our Lord in our local parish. This is when I will read each chapter and write my reflections. Perhaps you can join me now that we have live stream Adoration on our website and we can be un...

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Mental Illness- A Personal Witness of a Fellow Christian
Mental Illness or Depravity from God by Timothy Hughes Duff, STM, MA Cert. RCHL, ERD & BCC One thing I have always pondered over was that there is a difference from a diagnosed mental illness and a environmental/cultural depression from the lack of not being close to God. One may ask: What is the meaning in my life? or How ...

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Does Our Environment Help Us or Hinder Us?
The Importance of Environment on the Development and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders by Carlos Solis, MD  One of the most interesting things I learned in medical school many years ago was the importance of the role environment plays in the cause of medical diseases. So much so, that I was tempted to further my studi...

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The Promethean Complex
The Promethean Complex I never thought I would use a Greek mythology story as a an article header for our apostolate. However, it fits perfect here. Medical Research is very important! We have a responsibility to find out remedies and new medications to advance the treatment of the illnesses of the human mind. However, we mus...

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What are “imprimatur” and “nihil obstat”?
What Are "imprimatur" and "nihil obstat in Catholic books? Before addressing the terms themselves, we must remember that the Magisterium, the teaching authority of our Church, has the duty to “preserve God’s people from deviations and defections, and to guarantee them the objective possibility of professing t...

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Neuroses and Sanctity- An Addendum
Saints and Mental Illness Is it possible for someone with mental illness to become a saint? A few years ago someone sent me a small booklet named: Neuroses and Sanctity It is quite remarkable and I posted the work below. If any of you are wondering about the meaning of Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, please see my nex...

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Our Litany of Saints Thus Far
Our Litany of Saints -Thus Far So far we have collected quite a few saints and one venerable to make up our litany of saints This list of Catholic Saints pertains to mental illness in some fashion. They either had it themselves or were affected by someone suffering with it. In in some cases, the person had a special love a...

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Supporting Us!- A Most Unusual Request!
Thanksgiving is Getting Nearer- I Am Grateful for your Support. Timothy Hughes Duff, STM, MA Cert. RCHL,ERD, BCC    Ubi caritas "Where Charity and Love Prevail"       Our Guild is NOT LIKE any other apostolate out there. Most of our constituents are on a fixed disabilities in...

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Latest Reflection on the Life of St Benedict Joseph Labre
Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 Chapter 5 Sentiments of Esteem Which the Uncle and the Schoolfellows of the Servant of God Entertained for Him The pastor of Erin, Msgr. Emadon shared that the other children paid as much respect for Benedict as they did their teachers. Fr. Marconi states it is because of the saint’s piet...

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Mental Illness & Depression- Catholic Internet Resources
Mental Illness & Depression- Catholic Internet Resources by Timothy Hughes Duff, STM, MA Cert. RCHL, ERD & BCC This morning  I woke up extra early and headed upstairs to the office with my cup of coffee in hand. I began to google the words, "Catholic" and "mental illness" as I usually do. I read a fe...

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Dealing with Mental Illness as a Catholic
Dealing with Mental Illness as a Catholic I was working with a family this week who had mental illness and it was like looking in a mirror. I then thought I might surf the internet for a resource. Here is an article that I found on US Catholic which was written a while ago. I still feel it is relevant for today. I remember the late Fr....

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Our Personal Litany of the Saints for the Guild
Our Litany of Saints- Help Me Collect Them   Hello My Friends in Christ, While on my journey in building of the Apostolate, I have come across numerous saints that pertain to mental ilnness in one way or another. They either had it themselves or have a concerned heart for those with it. Please join me in building up a new li...

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Stress- How Do We Handle It?
How is Your Stress Level? by Timothy Hughes Duff Lately, it seems my life has had its thorns. My wife and I have had four deaths of people close to us in less than two months. They were not immediate family members, but nevertheless it was enough to cause us to feel stressed by being around all of the raw emotion. Also, seeing the s...

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Have You Heard of the Benedict Option?
Have you heard of the book: "The Benedict Option" A STRATEGY FOR CHRISTIANS IN A POST-CHRISTIAN NATION By Rob Dreher From what I gather, the premise is that our culture has transitioned from being Christian-based to something else very different.  We must prepare ourselves!. So much has been posted on the in...

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Having Hope When Suffering
Sometimes Our Ordinary Experience Brings Extraordinary Things by Timothy Hughes Duff About a month ago, I was at work in my office where I am the hospital chaplain and Coordinator of Spiritual Care. I was looking through my daily email and I came across a contact from a colleague who is a volunteer hospice chaplain. Her name...

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Massachusetts Could Lose 1,000 Behavioral Health Beds if Question 1 Passes August 6, 2018  Research finds that mandated nurse staffing ratios will dramatically decrease access to mental health care; increase emergency department boarding; exacerbate opioid crisis Boston, MA – August 6, 2018 – A study released tod...

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Spiritual Trauma and the Catholic Church: How Do We Heal Our Broken Hearts? by Dr. Greg Popcak Horrifying.  Devastating. Apocalyptic. The sad fact is, none of these words are adequate to describe the events described in the recently released grand jury report on multigenerational clerical abuse in Pennsylvania and the P...

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New Martyr for the Catholic Priest Scandal- Personal Witness
The Catholic Priest Scandal: An American Marytr in Our Midst! A Personal Witness of a Man who Defended the Truth- Fr. Alfred Kunz. These questions have been on my mind and heart for a few weeks now.  This is so close to my mind and heart that it has taken a while for me to respond. It is not without its hardship and tearful moment...

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Guild Rosary Crusade for our Priests
Hearing all of the latest news about our beloved Catholic Church   Join the Guild 1,000 Rosary Crusade for Priests   I feel compelled to ask people to pray the Rosary for our priests. The majority of       these men have heard their vocation and have dedicated their lives to the service of ...

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Bishop Hying on St. Benedict Joseph Labre
Bishop Donald J. Hying from the Diocese of Gary, Indiana Offers us a Reflection on St. Benedict Joseph Labre  "I know very holy people who are stymied by an anxiety so severe, they find it difficult to go to church and be in a crowd with other people.  Some folks struggle with depression so severe that they feel their li...

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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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