Monthly Archives: August 2013

Saint Monica

St. Monica was born in Northern Africa about 331. She was the daughter of Christian parents and the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo, as well as two younger children, Navigius and Perpetua. St. Monica’s husband was pagan, yet she faithfully kept Christian values prominent in the home. Through her testimony, both her husband and her son, St. Augustine – after 17 years of resistance, converted to Christianity. St. Monica’s faithful spirit is evident in the pages of her son’s famous work, Confessions. For centuries, women have prayed to St. Monica to aid wayward children and husbands. She is the patron saint of married women, and Santa Monica, CA is named in her honor.

News briefs, Aug 27

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St. Joseph Calasanz

From Aragon, where he was born in 1556, to Rome, where he died 92 years later, fortune alternately smiled and frowned on the work of Joseph Calasanz. A priest with university training in canon law and theology, respected for his wisdom and administrative expertise, he put aside his career because he was deeply concerned with the need for education of poor children.

When he was unable to get other institutes to undertake this apostolate at Rome, he and several companions personally provided a free school for deprived children. So overwhelming was the response that there was a constant need for larger facilities to house their effort. Soon Pope Clement VIII gave support to the school, and this aid continued under Pope Paul V. Other schools were opened; other men were attracted to the work and in 1621 the community (for so the teachers lived) was recognized as a religious community, the Clerks Regular of Religious Schools (Piarists or Scolopi). Not long after, Joseph was appointed superior for life.

A combination of various prejudices and political ambition and maneuvering caused the institute much turmoil. Some did not favor educating the poor, for education would leave the poor dissatisfied with their lowly tasks for society! Others were shocked that some of the Piarists were sent for instruction to Galileo (a friend of Joseph) as superior, thus dividing the members into opposite camps. Repeatedly investigated by papal commissions, Joseph was demoted; when the struggle within the institute persisted, the Piarists were suppressed. Only after Joseph’s death were they formally recognized as a religious community.

Bipolar disorder treatment

Treatment for bipolar disorder

If you spot the symptoms of bipolar depression in yourself or someone else, don’t wait to get help. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away; in fact, it will almost certainly get worse. Living with untreated bipolar disorder can lead to problems in everything from your career to your relationships to your health. Diagnosing the problem as early as possible and getting into treatment can help prevent these complications.

If you’re reluctant to seek treatment because you like the way you feel when you’re manic, remember that the energy and euphoria come with a price. Mania and hypomania often turn destructive, hurting you and the people around you.

Bipolar Disorder

BIPOLAR DISORDER

Signs and symptoms of a mixed episode

A mixed episode of bipolar disorder features symptoms of both mania or hypomania and depression. Common signs of a mixed episode include depression combined with agitation, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, distractibility, and racing thoughts. This combination of high energy and low mood makes for a particularly high risk of suicide

Pope Francis renews call for peace in Syria.

(Vatican Radio) After the recitation of the Angelus, Pope Francis renewed his call for peace in Syria. “It is not confrontation that offers hope to resolve problems, but rather the ability to meet and dialogue.” The Holy Father called on the International Community to do everything in its power to help the “beloved Syrian nation” find a solution to the ongoing conflict. At the end of his remarks, Pope Francis lead all those listening in a prayer to Mary, Queen of Peace.
Below, please find Vatican Radio’s translation of Pope Francis appeal for Syria:

With great suffering and concern I continue to follow the situation in Syria. The increase in violence in a war between brothers, with the proliferation of massacres and atrocities, that we all have been able to see in the terrible images of these days, leads me once again raise my voice that the clatter of arms may cease. It is not confrontation that offers hope to resolve problems, but rather the ability to meet and dialogue.
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to express my closeness in prayer and solidarity with all the victims of this conflict, with all those who suffer, especially children, and I invite you to keep alive the hope of peace. I appeal to the international community that itself more sensible to this tragic situation and make every effort to help the beloved Syrian nation find a solution to a war that sows destruction and death.
All together let us pray. . . All together let us pray to Our Lady, Queen of Peace:
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!
Everyone: Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!

Pope Francis: “You are not excluded.”

(Vatican Radio) (Vatican Radio) In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about the words of Jesus from the day’s Gospel: “Strive to enter through the narrow gate.”
Read more from Vatican Radio.

News Briefs, August 23

Catholic News Service is the official news agency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Read their News Briefs for today.

Bipolar Disorder: symptoms of bipolar depression

In the past, bipolar depression was lumped in with regular depression. But a growing body of research suggests that there are significant differences between the two, especially when it comes to recommended treatments. Most people with bipolar depression are not helped by antidepressants. In fact, there is a risk that antidepressants can make bipolar disorder worse—triggering mania or hypomania, causing rapid cycling between mood states, or interfering with other mood stabilizing drugs.

Despite many similarities, certain symptoms are more common in bipolar depression than in regular depression. For example, bipolar depression is more likely to involve irritability, guilt, unpredictable mood swings, and feelings of restlessness. People with bipolar depression also tend to move and speak slowly, sleep a lot, and gain weight. In addition, they are more likely to develop psychotic depression—a condition in which they’ve lost contact with reality—and to experience major disability in work and social functioning.

Common symptoms of bipolar depression include:

◾Feeling hopeless, sad, or empty.
◾ Irritability
◾ Inability to experience pleasure
◾ Fatigue or loss of energy
◾ Physical and mental sluggishness
◾ Appetite or weight changes
◾ Sleep problems
◾ Concentration and memory problems
◾ Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
◾ Thoughts of death or suicide

Let us pray for those who suffer from bi-polar disorder.

Saint Rose of Lima

Saint Rose of Lima lived from 1586 – 1617 in Lima, Viceroyalty of Peru. Her father was in the cavalry while her mother raised their large family. At a young age, Saint Rose began pursuing Christ through penance, purity, and prayer. As she approached womanhood, many suitors were attracted. In opposition, Saint Rose cut off her hair and begged her father to allow her to remain chaste. He granted Rose her will but insisted she remain un-cloistered. In obedience, she joined the Third Order of St. Dominic. Her mortifications increased to include fasting, coarse clothing, isolation, and prolonged prayer. These sufferings she offered up for the sake of lost souls, her country, and the conversion of sinners. Her efforts granted her a supernatural love through which she served the poor, funding these efforts through her artistic needlework and tatting. Saint Rose was canonized in 1671 by Clement X and is known as the first American saint.