We hunger and thirst for you…
Fill us Lord not with food and drink from this world, but with your spiritual nourishment. Here is a link to a recent blog article “Fighting and Surrendering.”
It may be the American way, but we don’t have to go it alone…
There are many people struggling with mental illness and addictions who do not seek out psychotherapy. Why is that? There are also many Catholics carrying around heavy burdens of sin but do not participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Why is that? The possible answers to these two questions overlap in many ways. Read more…
Dr. Ken and 79 others across the state were trained in June by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to be trainers of Recovery Coaches. Here are some key points about Recovery Coaching… Contact Dr. Ken if you are interested in becoming a Recovery Coach.
Dr. Ken has signed up and been approved to participate in the “Give an Hour” program to help those in the military and their families.
The Gratia Plena Counseling website now has key portions translated into Vietnamese and Spanish. Houston is one of the great multicultural cities of the world, and we have large numbers of people who have Spanish or Vietnamese as their primary language. We thank Deacon Nhat Tran of St. Justin Martyr parish for the Vietnamese translation, and Ms. Cindy Avellaneda for the Spanish translation. We may make some slight modifications in the coming days in the graphic presentation of these translations, so that the website flows smoothly as it is read.
All of the sudden, a number of couples have contacted Gratia Plena about counseling. Please pray for engaged and married couples. We need strong marriages and families in our community!
Dr. Ken's Book of the Month Recommendation:
Opening to God: Lectio Divina and Life as Prayer. This is a recent book by David G. Benner, Ph.D. but not his latest release. A psychologist, author, and spiritual guide, Dr. Benner focuses on the topic of prayer in this excellent book. He addresses Lectio Divina which dates back to the early centuries of the Church, a traditional Catholic form of prayer with scripture readings. There are also discussions of other methods such as Centering Prayer. But more broadly he encourages us to look at prayer for its transformational possibilities…as “divine therapy.” At the end of each chapter he provides some helpful exercises or recommendations to lead the reader in putting the subject matter into practice. I believe that this book could be particularly useful for someone whose prayer life has grown stale, or someone having the spiritual “desert experience.” It would be an excellent choice for devotional reading and meditation while in front of the Blessed Sacrament. His most recent book is Spirituality and the Awakening Self. I just received a copy for my birthday, so I’ll be diving into it soon. Dr. Benner also offers a weekly email with a brief excerpt from one of his books accompanied by some thought-provoking questions. You can sign up for his weekly email on his web site. In next month’s newsletter you will find Dr. Ken’s Movie of the Month Recommendation, so put popcorn on your grocery list!
Disclaimer just so you know: Gratia Plena and Dr. Ken do not receive any compensation or earthly benefits from recommending books, movies, music, websites, blogs, et cetera…