Strength of Heart

“I just see a big flame.  You know when it’s your house.  I knew it was my home.”  Freddy gestures with his hands to form the shape of a billowing cloud of smoke as he recalls the fearful image of his home on fire in the distance.  It was 2003 in the Republic of Congo. …

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A Family For Christmas

Christmas at the Strachan’s Home is full of life.  Contrasting to the cold outdoors, inside the cozy home one is reminded of laying on a busy beach with closed eyes soaking in the sun on a warm day.  You listen and hear a hum of voices chatting, laughter and an occasional cry from an infant…

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Marriage Preparation Part of Counseling Department

There are so many conditions which can test the strength of a marriage, and ironically many of these conditions happen with great frequency when the couple is least equipped to cope.  Even happy events like a wedding, a new house or a new baby may be the catalyst for conflicts in communication and understanding which…

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Counseling Saved My Life

Amelia knew nothing about the counseling services at St. Vincent Catholic Charities. In fact having never pursued counseling before, she knew nothing about choosing a therapist. But this she did know – if she didn’t make some changes in her life, and soon, she was headed for ruin. “At the time I was a college…

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The Beauty Of Change

“Growing up in my house was crazy. It was difficult dealing with my mother,” recalls Bernie. “She was always doing strange things. I knew it wasn’t normal.” For Bernie the idea of a normal family was often something read in books or seen on television. She was sexually abused by her father at a young…

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The Greatest Gift

Children’s laughter can be heard all the way from the street near the Buck family home. Four year old Max and seven year old PJ happily follow their mother down the hall as they ask for a snack of popcorn and juice. Three year old Liz stays close to her dad in the living room,…

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A Family’s Strength

Ghadah and her family were living in Baghdad, Iraq when the war started in 2003. At that time, relations between religious groups in the country were deteriorating. Families who had once lived peacefully as neighbors, now found themselves at war. Groups had begun viciously murdering one another, forcing families to flee from their homes for…

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