Avoiding Mud Puddles or How to Move Beyond Mere Survival

May 2, 2023

By Fr. Garry Richmeier, C.PP.S.
When young, we learn coping strategies to safeguard our emotional, psychological and social survival, but not all strategies may be healthy. A person dying of thirst, for example, will drink from a mudpuddle to survive. How does one avoid drinking from mud puddles?

How Do I Know: Am I Doing God’s Will?

April 19, 2023

By Fr. Garry Richmeier, CPPS.
A common idea is that God has a detailed life plan for each of us, and our job is to figure that out. This can lead to anxiety, and even fear, of guessing wrongly, not pleasing God, and suffering the negative consequences. How do we know if we are doing God’s will?

Changing unhelpful habits

April 5, 2023

By Fr. Garry Richmeier, CPPS
People tend to think of habits as behavior, but we also have thinking habits. We get used to certain thoughts or ways of thinking, and we repeat them automatically. They may or may not be true or accurate, but we continue to repeat them, which can cause problems.

Making Peace with Uncertainty

February 23, 2023

By Fr. Garry Richmeier, CPPS.
Uncertainty is one of the most unpleasant feelings human beings experience. We hate it. It triggers our fears of what might happen if things go badly. We usually end up envisioning the worst-case scenario. And we can imagine some pretty scary things. An Assembling God’s Puzzle video.

Arguments, an Assembling God’s Puzzle video

February 8, 2023

By Fr. Garry Richmeier, CPPS.
Some people love to argue, and others avoid it like the plague. Arguing can be destructive or constructive. Which it turns out to be depends on what one’s definition of arguing is.

Failure: When you can’t avoid it, what to do about it?

January 11, 2023

An Assembling God’s Puzzle video
By Fr. Garry Richmeier, CPPS.
No one likes failure, but we just can’t get away from it. We experience many failures in life, like gaining weight when we try to lose it, our business fails, we get fired, we don’t get the grade we wanted. Can we situate this puzzle piece in our lives so it doesn’t cause so much pain?

Christmas and Depression, an Assembling God’s Puzzle video

December 14, 2022

By Fr. Garry Richmeier, CPPS.
Christmas — the most wonderful time of the year? Our culture tells us it is. But according to mental health agencies and therapists, more people report feeling depressed at Christmas time than almost any other time of the year. Why is that?

The ‘Why’ Conundrum, an Assembling God’s Puzzle video

November 29, 2022

“Why did I get ill?” “Why did my loved one have to die?” “Why haven’t I met the right person to marry?” God throws many more puzzle pieces into our lives every day, like new events or new relationships. A very human reaction is to ask “Why?”

Stumbling Blocks to Clear Communication

November 1, 2022

By Fr. Garry Richmeier, CPPS.
You would think that as often as we humans communicate with each other, we’d be very good at it by now. Truth is, we often are not very good at communicating clearly. Why is that?

How You Got Here, an Assembling God’s Puzzle video

October 17, 2022

By Fr. Garry Richmeier, CPPS.
Think about all that has happened to you today, all the different events and details that have led up to now. Look at the year in the same way. Imagine all the billions of things that had to happen the way they did in our history to get us to this exact point in time. Is it all due to chance?


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