Argue, Debate, or Be Constructive?

July 12, 2024

An Assembling God’s Puzzle video
By Fr. Garry Richmeier
It seems to be part of our DNA to sort everything in life into two categories — right or wrong, good or bad. Of course, we are always on the “right” side and to demonstrate our “rightness” we demonize the other side and problems ensue. How can we break the cycle?

How to Catch a Monkey or Learning to Let Go

June 24, 2024

By Fr. Garry Richmeier
It’s human nature to hang on to things and resist letting them go. But by holding onto things that aren’t really important or necessary, we often imprison ourselves. We get caught like a monkey in trap.

Imagination: The Two-Edged Tool in the Human Toolbox

June 5, 2024

By Fr. Garry Richmeier
Imagination can be a powerful, creative force that we can use to solve problems, create things that make our lives better, and build community and relationships. But it is a two-edged sword. Watch the Video.

Fighting Evil vs. Doing Good

May 21, 2024

By Fr. Garry Richmeier
Fighting evil sounds noble and feels right. That makes sense, but it can causes problems if that is all we do. Instead of putting all our effort into fighting evil, we could put more effort into doing good. The difference is a subtle but important distinction.

Loss and Grief

April 30, 2024

An Assembling God’s Puzzle video
By Fr. Garry Richmeier
I like to compare grieving to composting. A person piles up stuff that is useless for growing things, like leaves and table scraps, “works” them, and eventually they turn into rich soil from which new life can sprout. Grieving follows a similar process.

Dealing with Authority

April 4, 2024

By Fr. Garry Richmeier
Each of us have a “default setting” when it comes to dealing with authority, whether it is the legal system, our church, our boss or our parents. Better understanding our “default setting” helps us adjust our response to authority for better outcomes.

Catastrophizing: When the worst scenario is the only scenario

March 21, 2024

By Fr. Garry Richmeier
When we allow worry to overtake us and an the only future we can imagine for ourselves is the worst case scenario, we’ve fallen into the trap known as “catastrophizing.” Catastrophizing comes with a high price for our mental and physical health.

How to Avoid Black or White Thinking

March 6, 2024

An Assembling God’s Puzzle video
By Fr. Garry Richmeier
We like black and white explanations of reality because they make things simple. That kind of thinking, though, causes problems, because the world has a lot more gray in it than black or white.

Git ’er Done!

February 21, 2024

An Assembling God’s Puzzle video
By Fr. Garry Richmeier, C.PP.S.
Goals help us to organize our lives in a coherent way. I can’t imagine not having goals. But one of the pieces to life’s puzzle that we have to figure out is how to balance focusing on our goals and living life in the present.

“I’m Fine, Really”

January 25, 2024

By Fr. Garry Richmeier, C.PP.S.
What do you say when someone asks how you are? Chances are, you say “Fine,” regardless of how you are really doing. Why do we do that?


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