For many Catholics, finding a healthcare provider who respects their values and beliefs can be a challenge. In some cases, the lack of common values between patient and doctor can lead to frustration and a lack of trust.
In response to this challenge, Dr. Greg Bottaro, PsyD, recently founded WellCatholic, a web site that connects patients with healthcare providers who uphold Catholic values.
Working as a psychologist in New York, Bottaro received many requests for recommendations of Catholic doctors in other areas of the country. Botarro recently told Catholic News Agency:
“Story after story came in saying that there were so many ways that not having that faith in common really hurt the care they were receiving.”
In case you’re not keeping up with the action in the World Cup, the Finals on Sunday will be a match between Argentina and Germany. With Pope Francis being Argentinian and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI being German, the internet has been abuzz with a slew of “Papal World Cup” memes.
Fortunately for us, uCatholic has compiled a list of the best Papal World Cup memes the internet has to offer. Here are a couple:
Father Dwight Longenecker over at Standing on my Head received a question that has likely been asked by countless Catholics:
What are we, the faithful (read: not clergy) supposed to do during the Mass? … As a layman, I know I am supposed to prepare myself before receiving the body and blood, but apart from not thinking on how fast I can get back home to watch my sports team, I’m at a loss as to what I am supposed to be preparing for. Receiving Jesus into myself obviously, but what does that mean in real life? I guess what I’m searching for is some kind of concrete, step-by-step explanation on what I am supposed to do. Something low on poetic language and high on basic, everyday language instructions. Or at least guidelines. Obviously one is often distracted, but it would be good to learn what I should be trying to do.
Fr. Longenecker offers some basic suggestions – such as arriving early and joining in with the words and hymns of the liturgy – before getting to the heart of the matter. He writes: (more…)