Faith

Mind & Spirit - Daily Read

Hospice Nurse: A Tender Hand In the Presence of Death

"Heather knew some people believed that bodies didn’t matter, that only the soul counted, but she believed that God had created bodies for a reason and that they mattered a lot... She wanted to make a patient more comfortable for a few hours, or at least not hurt him when she put in a needle, and sometimes a patient would thank her for being so gentle and tell her that she had a good touch. She understood now that touching itself was important, whether it healed or not; she had not realized this before she became a nurse." [Read Article]
Mind & Spirit - Daily Read

5 Ways of Coping When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

"...in the aftermath of his cancer diagnosis, Jimmy Carter, a devoutly religious man, has publicly relied on his faith to help him make sense of his illness... Cancer did not cause Carter nor his friends to revise their faith- in fact, it seems to have deepened it. They are hoping to understand how cancer fits into the plan for his life... 'When you get into a tough situation and you don’t know what God’s plan is, you should bow the knee.'" [Read Article]
Mind & Spirit - Daily Read

Discerning the Difference Between Spiritual and Psychological Problems

“Some devout Catholics see it as preferable to say they are suffering from something like the dark night of the soul, rather than to admit that they have depression and may need medication and counseling... The problem with over-spiritualizing is that you cut yourself from so many tools that psychology and even your faith could have to help you to be happy.'" [Read Article]

Mind & Spirit - Daily Read

Study Says Belief in Eternal Life Is Innate Not Learned

“...children struggle to imagine a time when they did not feel or desire... Our deep-seated intuitions about what constitutes the core of a person – the capacity for experiencing emotions and desires – underlies the belief in eternal life. While exposure to religion can elaborate these intuitions, as they certainly do in the case of afterlife beliefs, belief in eternal existence does not depend on being exposed to religious teachings that support these ideas." [Read Article]