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By Dick Kunnert Master Facilitator/Yeshua Board Member I had the privilege of working with Norris Hansell, a Harvard trained psychiatrist, who loved to search for information to help people live healthy. After doing a literature search, Dr. Hansell identified seven essential ways that individuals are attached to their environment. Here are Hansell's seven essential attachments necessary to achieve a high quality of life: Supports necessary for existence (food, water, oxygen, information). These are the basic ingredients that give life to each of us. Identity -- We need a concept of who we are. Connec...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute This week I came across 10 wonderful suggestions for “little behaviors” that would be great to focus on during Lent – but which can bring us great benefits all year long. I found them in a marvelous book called Armchair Mystic: How Contemplative Prayer Can Lead You Closer to God, written by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ. Thibodeaux would be the first to tell you that contemplative prayer isn’t for everyone. And, in fact, the harder you try to do it, the more elusive it may turn out to be. By way of a little background, contemplative prayer is ...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute As February ran down a bit closer toward spring, we were in the middle of presenting our Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter. It’s something Dick Kunnert and I have done a hundred times or more. But in the moment, it was very unique and special. For one thing, we were doing it online – on Zoom, to be precise – and the people who were sharing our screens with us were in the Philippines. The moment was especially special for a variety of reasons: As Dick and I began presenting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, it was already 6 a....

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By Dave Coe Master Facilitator Today there are many who are ready to give us advice. The value of this advice ranges from less than worthless to absolutely priceless. God does not give us the time to wade through all of it. So we have to be discerning as we seek out what has lasting value. Knowing the source of the advice is highly recommended. It can save us invaluable time in separating the chaff from the wheat. Today I’d like to share with you the advice of Hermas, a former Roman slave who in the first or second century AD wrote The Shepherd, a prophetic and moral tract which had great influence among ...

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There’s still time to register for the Yeshua Institute’s Lenten webinar series on “Care of Our Common Home” that begins this Thursday, Feb. 18. The series focuses on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Sí (Praise Be To You): On Care for Our Common Home. The six half-hour webinars are scheduled on successive Thursdays through Lent at 1 p.m. CST. Those who can’t make any or all of the live webinars can register and watch the programs later at their convenience. Click here to register for the webinar.              &nb...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Jeez, this last year has been packed with frustrations. Three things in particular have gotten my proverbial goat as I’ve battened down my social hatches and watched the year stretch out and the Covid-19 death toll climb toward the once unthinkable level of 500,000. (It’s likely we’ll reach that tragic milestone near the end of the month or soon after.) I’ve missed getting together with family members for fun and hugs – especially the hugs. I’ve missed pulling over and piling into a pub for a warm burger, cold beer and a b...

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The Yeshua Institute’s keystone formation program, The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus S3 Encounter, will be offered online starting Friday, March 12. S3 Leadership Encounters are exciting opportunities to grow as an effective leader while integrating your faith and everyday life. These workshops have drawn praise from Catholic members and leaders around the world – including Canada, Haiti, Tanzania, Uganda and India. In an Encounter, participants are introduced to the S³ Leading Like Jesus approach with a compelling mix of dramatic videos, live presentations, reflection exercises and small gr...

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By Dan R. Ebener Yeshua Fellow Editor’s Note: This is the tenth and last in a series of articles by Dan Ebener on leadership in the Catholic Church. They are excerpts from his latest book, Pastoral Leadership: How to Lead in a Catholic Parish. * * * This is the cycle of Christian life and liturgy: At the beginning of the liturgy, we are welcomed as disciples, members and stewards. By the end, we are invited to go out as apostles, leaders and evangelists to love, serve and change the world. The Mass calls us to leadership. Encounter with Christ To be a pastoral leader, you need to fuel your passio...

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The Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute will launch a Lenten series of free webinars on Thursday, Feb. 18, focusing on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Sí (Praise Be To You): On Care for Our Common Home. The six half-hour webinars are scheduled on Thursdays in Lent at 1 p.m. CST.* Those who can’t make any or all of the live webinars can register and watch the programs later at their convenience.    Pope Francis’ encyclical was published in 2015, but its influence has continued to grow as the world’s attention turns ever more to the pressing issue of climate change...

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By Dick Kunnert Master Facilitator, Yeshua Board Member After listening to Dr. Anthony Fauci for the third time of an evening, my son still asks: “Dad, when will the virus end?” I tell him I am sorry but now that it is out of the bottle, we will live with it all our lives. The big issue becomes what is it we do to contain its impact? We are back to choices about how we want to live out our lives. It struck me that it is the same with our spiritual lives. The big question there is: How much or how little do we want God in our lives? After recently finishing a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus...

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