Meditations

Loss and Grief

April 23, 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?

Making New Year’s Resolutions Work

January 3, 2024

By Fr. Garry Richmeier, C.PP.S.
How can you prevent resolutions made on January 1 from going by the wayside before February 1? Design a process that keeps alive the good intentions and positive motivation inherent in resolutions as one moves through the slow and challenging process of real change. Here are some ideas.

Christmas and Depression, an Assembling God’s Puzzle video

December 13, 2023

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?

How to cope with crazy holiday gatherings

November 21, 2023

By Fr. Garry Richmeier, CPPS.
Holiday family gatherings can sometimes be challenging to navigate. Here are a few strategies to help you cope with family situations you might find yourself in this holiday season.

Pain: Ignore it at your own peril

November 14, 2023

By Fr. Garry Richmeier, C.PP.S.
Given a choice, we would probably design a life that is pain-free. Unfortunately, pain is an unavoidable part of the human story. Those who study pain, physical, emotional or psychological, same the same thing: Ignore your pain at your own peril.

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