Are You a Psyched Up Catholic?

A small group of Catholic psychology-focused people just started a new blog: PsychedCatholic.com!

Ed and Matt are taking the good things (while leaving the bad) from the study of psychology and applying them to our Catholic Faith. This is a noble endeavor, because in large part psychology has been a secular field divorced from religious faith.

psy1I’ve noticed a difficulty in finding or recommending a Catholic psychologist, therapist, or psychiatrist when people have asked me for help (which happens fairly often since I am public about struggles I’ve had with depression, disordered anxieties, and panic attacks). It’s an area we Catholics need to baptize with the light of faith, and that is what Ed and Matt are already doing.

The fact is that there are helpful things to mine out of psychology, ideas and therapies and truths that can be of substantial aid to people in mental distress. These guys at PsychedCatholic.com are digging those gems out of the rock and presenting them to us for consideration: check it out!

Catholic Answers is Blogging!

Hector Molina and I at the CNMC...I knew him *before* he was famous
Hector Molina and I at the CNMC…I knew him *before* he was famous

This is a cool development. Catholic Answers just started a group blog with a great line-up of apologists, evangelists, and bloggers.

We’re talking heavy hitters like Tim Staples (who no doubt Obama thinks routinely punches above his weight) and Jimmy Akin, but also sharp writers like Todd Aglialoro and Michelle Arnold.

It also includes Catholic Answers newcomers Hector Molina and Trent Horn, who won the golden ticket contest and got hired as staff apologists amongst a sea of applicants. Speaker-extraordinaire Matt Fradd is on board, as are Catholic Answers favorites Jim Blackburn and even Karl Keating himself.

Bottom line is, a regularly updated group blog by the top apologetics outfit in the country. Do thou check it out!

Blogs to Follow Friday: Just a Catholic

My blog pick of the month is Shane Kapler’s Just a Catholic site.

Shane and I recently began corresponding, and I’ve really been enjoying reading his writings. I love the fact that his niche is spiritual/devotional rather than apologetics, a nice complement to what I usually focus on. For example:

Jesus is the Shepherd that we turn to for direction.  I feel so incredibly grateful to Him to opening my eyes to the destination I am being led toward – eternal life with Him; and I’m grateful that no matter how confusing the events of life get, He keeps redirecting my eyes toward the goal of the journey.

Moments of grief and depression come, but in His mercy, Jesus has always put my eyes back on the prize and given me the assurance that He is a good enough shepherd to help me navigate through the present trouble and deliver me Home.  My heart broke for those who have yet to recognize Jesus’ identity as their Shepherd – how hard it would be to face life without the overarching conviction that there is a Destination to be sought and a Shepherd who wants to intervene to bring you there.

He’s also written a well-received book, The God Who is Love: Explaining Christianity from Its Center. I’m looking forward to Shane’s new project, the details of which are still under wraps. In the meantime, head over and say hi to Shane!