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In One Day, My Whole Life Changed. No Time To Prepare. No Plan To Cope. Thriving After The Reality.

Posted: November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, November 22, 2014 John Abbate The exceeding brightness of this early sun Makes me conceive how dark I have become, And re-illuminates things that used to turn To gold in broadest blue, and be a part Of a turning spirit in an earlier self… – “The…

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Aim to feel good about yourself

Posted: November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Notes on a springtime address by Dr Francis Mancab, delivered on September 1, 2013 By Dr John Abbate The best faith, the best religion, tells us about the goodness embedded in every human soul.—Dr Francis Macnab We hear a lot about self-worth, self-confidence, self-fulfilment and self-affirmation, but what is the self? There is ongoing debate…

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Our inbuilt protective mechanisms for our health and happiness

Posted: November 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Remembrance Day address by Dr Francis Macnab, November 9, 2014 by Dr John Abbate The Importance of Meaning in Life “[There are] well known protections against psychological disorders and mental illness, yet we act as if high anxiety, turbulent moods and hostile relationships are inevitable parts of our everyday life.”   We know…

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An Awe-inspiring Oceanic Experience

Posted: October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, October 26, 2014 Dr John Abbate In this address, Dr Macnab attempts to highlight an expansive, oceanic view of life. He looks for the characteristics of the oceanic personality and points to some of its spiritual correlates. We all start out in life with three gifts,…

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I will ask the question – but will God answer?

Posted: October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Notes on the address by Dr Francis Macnab, October 19, 2014 Dr John Abbate Why? In a personal crisis, that is the question we ask. It is a question that often has no answer, or the answers we receive are unsatisfactory, leaving us swirling in the sea of our emotions. We may go on asking…

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What are your uplifts?

Posted: October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab – October 12, 2014 Dr John Abbate What are the experiences and situations that can lift us out of our daily hassles, and relieve us of our heavier moods? In his address, Dr Macnab calls them “uplifts.” When do we experience these much needed uplifts (and…

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Quietness of mind. New strength for the soul.

Posted: October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, October 5, 2014. Dr John Abbate Is guilt a causal factor in illness? That may be going too far. But guilt, in its many forms, plays” an associative part in the overall distress of our cancers”, said Dr Macnab. Cancer forces a confrontation with the reality…

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Granny Smith Gave A Great Message To The World – St Michael’s Day 2014

Posted: October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Notes on the St Michael’s Day address by Dr Francis Macnab, Sunday September 28, 2014. Dr John Abbate In this address, Dr Macnab highlighted a message that is easily overlooked. Amidst the array of apples that confronts us at the market or in the supermarket, there is one variety of apple that has a special…

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Something we all need: One dose of pure joy

Posted: September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, September 14, 2014. Dr John Abbate Over the last 30 years psychological journals have published 45,000 articles on depression, and only 400 on joy. “If we had more psychology of joy we might have less searching for the unravelling of our depression,” says Dr Macnab. Religion…

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