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Anxiety and Our Children

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 7/29/21

Prior to the pandemic, anxiety and depression were increasing among youth. So far, available data suggest that children and teenagers have been impacted by Covid, as much and perhaps more than adults. This has likely exacerbated an already serious mental health problem. This column is about anxiety in our children.

Anxiety is a normal emotion. It serves important functions. It motivates us to take care of business so that we don’t suffer the consequences of neglecting our work and our duties. And healthy anxiety is a signal that something is wrong. There may be a threat to our safety or well-being, and anxiety helps us become aware of and deal with threats. But anxiety can become exaggerated and a cause of dysfunction and suffering. There are anxiety disorders and they are among the most common mental health ... Read More »

Christmas in 2020: Absence and Presence

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 12/08/20

At Prince of Peace, my title is Director of Family Life. So, as we approach Christmas, I have been thinking about families. I have been thinking about absence and presence.

We have a family who lives down the street from us and has for nearly 30 years. I won’t ... Read More »

Family, Holidays, Prayer, and Mental Health

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 10/29/20

As we enter the holiday season we remember that, even as some of us are able to experience the special joys of Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas, it is a difficult time for many people. Perhaps you, the reader, are one of those people. Or perhaps you know that during ... Read More »

Illness, Healing, and Faith: A Video by Dale Wisely

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 7/04/20

                                                                         Maria Laughlin

Last year, I lead a 2-part series on Illness, Faith, & Healing.  I've made a video version. It's a total of 80 minutes, but it's split over 3 videos. More below about getting to the videos.Christians pray for the sick. We pray when we are ill. ... Read More »

Suicide and sin: Do not despair

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 6/25/20

As if we do not have enough national crises, we are in another one. It is a massive public health crisis and it predates COVID-19. Suicide rates have been rising sharply in the USA for years.

It grieves me to think that many Christians--many Catholics--who have lost loved ones ... Read More »

Deprived of Communion: A Devotion

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 4/08/20

In this Holy Week, in a year of pandemic, many Christians are contemplating an Easter when they will be unable to celebrate by attending church in person. Some will struggle to recall the last time they missed Easter services. Some will even have trouble remembering the last weekend they ... Read More »

The Birds of the Air

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 3/24/20

This is my comfort in my affliction: for your word has revived me. – Psalm 119:50

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? ... Read More »

Excellent perspectives from a local pediatric psychologist

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 3/17/20

I am happy to share this, written by my friend and colleague Dr. Dan Marullo, a highly experienced pediatric psychologist at Children's of Alabama. 

Perspectives of COVID-19 from a Pediatric PsychologistWith Covid-19 now a pandemic all of us are called upon to change our personal and collective behavior. It ... Read More »

Thoughts on our unplanned family time together--and talking about the virus.

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 3/15/20

School closures and the work-at-home situation many of us find ourselves in will result in a lot of unexpected family togetherness. What, as the fashionable cliché asks us, could possibly go wrong?

Before I offer some ideas about how to cope with all of this, Let us acknowledge with ... Read More »

The Beatitudes and Our Families: The merciful, the pure of heart, the peacemakers

Posted by Dr. Dale Wisely on 3/08/20

Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy.Blessed are the pure in heart,for they will see God.Blessed are the peacemakers,for they will be called children of God.

Matthew 5: 7-9

We know what it means to be merciful. We know what it means to be a peacemaker. The ... Read More »


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