“Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow their example.” Psalms 1:1
Good and evil are real, in forms both supernatural and material, inhabiting bodies and souls. Nothing in the field Psychology that I have ever read matches the wisdom of this verse. I do have a degree in counseling psychology, but I have nothing better in my counseling knowledge base, consisting of sophisticated theories to explain our soul sicknesses. Too often these theories don’t go deep enough.
I recommend a book by a psychiatrist who wrote eloquently about evil people. This psychiatrist is Dr. M. Scott Peck and the book is People of the Lie.
Neil Armstrong was a philosopher as well as an astronaut. He wrote, “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” This urge is ancient, deep in the questing heart of mankind.
Yet the youth of our country today are being led into a very dark hole by popular culture. I counsel many of these sad youth as a working Christian psychotherapist. I sit with forlorn face and cringe to listen to their utter emptiness quite often. Some are worse off than others, wracked by traumas of abuse and violence. So often they don’t know why they are even alive, and suicide too often is their solution to that emptiness
“Addicted to Mercy” is about a Christian approach to solve this massive social and spiritual illness. It’s simply wrong to do nothing, to let our youth go off on the wrong path when we can do something about it. Dear Reader, forgive my outrage, but it comes from compassion, which means to “feel with or for” another person.
I began this blog with families in mind. St. John Paul II wrote a prayer for the family I hold very dear.
Lord God, from You every family in Heaven and on earth takes its name. Father, You are love and life. Through Your Son, Jesus Christ … grant that every family on earth may become for each successive generation a true shrine of life and love. Grant that Your grace may guide the thoughts and actions of husbands and wives for the good of their families … Grant that the young may find in the family solid support for their human dignity and for their growth in truth and love.
Please note his urgency; he well knew the dire trouble The Family was in then, and it’s so much worse now. But it’s not hopeless! We can make a difference by extending our compassion to the orphans of families so tortured by the evils of our day, which I know you are too well aware of and care deeply about.
I started this blog called “Addicted to Mercy” in 2017. What happens to the blog from here I’m not exactly sure. We’ll see, but I do know that right now I plan to keep writing it, for the time being. May God’s Grace enter and remain in your life and soul, and direct to heaven oneday you and those you love. Divine Mercy can save us all, if we just trust and pray.