“The road home from war is longer, steeper and often more challenging than the road to war for most soldiers and their families. …Yellow ribbons are nice and much appreciated. Love, support and a ‘cup of cold water’, however, is the incarnational gift of Christ, through His Church, to the combat veteran and family.” These words were written by Major John Morris who served as a military chaplain in Iraq and started the program, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. John believes churches can be a helpful partner in the readjustment process. Here are some ways to support the veterans and their families in your parish.
Many people with disabilities are remembered especially during the season of Advent as needy recipients of charity. Families, parishioners, and coworkers look for opportunities to buy gifts for those less fortunate, less healthy, and less wealthy. The able-bodied become the designated "givers" and the disabled become the designated "receivers". However, we know that the act of giving benefits the one giving as well as the one receiving. The ability to help others increases self-worth and a feeling of belonging.
Learn about the warning signs, causes, and treatments for mental health illnesses in youth and young adults.
The seasons of Advent and Christmas, supposedly the most joyful times of the year, may be especially difficult for people dealing with personal loss, grief, loneliness, acute and chronic illnesses, financial hardship; and marital issues, like separation or divorce. Depression and anxiety may be intensified by popular culture perceptions about how Christmas should feel like.
Ways to create a pro-life culture with persons living with mental illness.
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