First Topic – Healing Marriages of Control and Trust Issues
More marriages and families these days are affected by control and trust issues, says Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, but through the sacraments and practice of virtue these problems can be overcome. This was the theme of a recent webinar in a series sponsored by the Institute for Marital Healing, which offers resources for couples, counselors and clergy on the topics of parenting, manhood, family life and marriage. Fitzgibbons, the director of the institute, has worked with thousands of couples and has spoken and written extensively on these topics. In 2008, he was also appointed as a consultant for the Holy See's Congregation for Clergy. Fitzgibbons is here to look at modern causes of trust issues, the distinction between being strong and being controlling, and particular virtues that provide an antidote to these problems.
Second Topic – 7 Deadly Sins / 7 Lively VirtuesAs we enter the season of Lent last week, we hear an engaging presentation concerning the Seven Deadly Sins, those great spiritual blocks that inhibit our flourishing in relationship with God and one another. Based on Dante’s writings, the seven deadly sins correspond to the seven stories of Dante’s Mt. Purgatory. Pride, envy, anger, sloth, gluttony, avarice and lust are all presented as patterns of dysfunction within us that lead to unhappiness. But that’s not all! Father Robert Barron tells us how to counteract these seven sinful patterns through a conscious process of opposition, which are the Seven Lively Virtues. The Seven Lively Virtues offer antidotes to each sin and help set us on the right path to healing and happiness.