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Religion, spirituality and your mental health this Christmas

Posted: December 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 20 December 2015. By John Abbate. “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” —Micah 6:8 (KJV) After more than 50 years…

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Eight Good Things About Good Religion

Posted: December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 13 December 2015. By John Abbate. What is the good of religion? We live in a time and a place where religion gathers open and often justified criticism. In the popular mind, faith aligns with unreason, the church with historical decay, and worse. Dr Macnab is…

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Vital Ways to Heal Your Mind

Posted: December 9, 2015 | 2 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 6 December 2015. By John Abbate. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” —Ecclesiastes 3 (KJV) There are times in life when we fall apart, and other times when things come into focus for us. For every…

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Let the World Know You Care

Posted: December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 29 November 2015. By John Abbate. “I saw on the hospital table a well-worn Bible. […] Clearly, it had been a valuable presence for her. If nothing else, it pointed to something greater than the grit, the gravel and the grief of her passing years.” A…

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We need to be “connected.” But we don’t need the conflicts.

Posted: November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 22 November 2015. By John Abbate. Our relationships affect us profoundly, in both positive and negative ways. Partners, family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances—the people of our continuing relationships are often opaque to us, full of contradictions. “[Our relationships] survive on uncertainty and supposition, fear and farce,” said…

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Anxiety and Worry

Posted: November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 15 November 2015. By John Abbate. With the horror of the November 13 attacks in Paris still very fresh in the mind, Dr Macnab this Sunday began his address with some thoughts on anxiety and its relationship to loss, particularly the loss of faith or belief: “Anxiety…

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The Power of your Memories

Posted: November 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 8 November 2015. By John Abbate. A billion dollar industry has grown up around “use it or lose it” paranoia about the brain. Unfortunately, the idea that mental exercises or “brain training” games can enhance memory and preserve the mind in good condition lacks scientific foundation….

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Seven Ways To Avoid Depression

Posted: October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 18 October 2015. By John Abbate. “Whenever I see a person struggling with their depression, and I see them discover a few tiny seeds of inspiration and hope, I’m amazed—I’m amazed that such possibilities walk around all of us, every day.” There are many kinds of…

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Turning Our Lives Around After Our Turbulent Losses

Posted: October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 4 October 2015. By John Abbate. “I was alone In my distress and desolation. But as I sat sadly on the ground, The sun reached out his hand to me And touched my face And so my healing began.” —Marjorie Pizer, “My Healing”   This year…

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