Throughout our lives the guidance and teachings of the Catholic Church are of great assistance in making decisions in our personal and family life. St. Paul told the Philippians to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12) and the teachings of the Catholic Church are an aid in our journey. While some believe the Church is here to make our lives miserable with difficult rules, in reality the Church pastorally cares for us by speaking the truth so that we can follow God’s will with the choices we make in living our life. The way of Christ “is easy and the burden light” (Mat 11:30) what can be difficult is for us to change our ways to His.
Going to your Pastor and asking questions should be a natural choice. Offered here are a collection of FAQ (frequently asked questions) and pastoral responses from the Missionaries of the Holy Family as it pertains to Church teaching and tradition. Other reference materials and links may be provided as additional resources. Please read the disclaimer text at the bottom of this page.
The Missionaries of the Holy Family (MSF) does not: · offer licensed counseling, psychological therapy, or psychiatric services. · have first-hand knowledge of many of the counselors and therapists listed on this website.
Therefore, every service, individual, company, or organization listed, referenced or linked to on this website is simply for information and convenience purposes only and should not be considered a recommendation, referral, or endorsement of any type. In using this website, you agree that its information and services are provided without warranty, express or implied, and that you use this site at your own risk. The choice of any pastoral counselor, licensed counselors, or other providers is entirely your decision. You are urged to find qualified local individuals that can give you accurate evaluations regarding the necessary licensing, professional competency, and reliability of counselors and other related services. It is always essential to choose a counselor trained, licensed, and skilled, with a successful track record in the specific area of your need. You should choose an individual, marital, or family counselor with as much care as if choosing a heart surgeon.
The Missionaries of the Holy Family (MSF) has no interest in, or responsibility for, any of the individuals, organizations, or services listed in this website. MSF shall not be liable for any damages or costs arising out of, or in any way connected with, your use of any of the services or companies accessed through this website. By using any of the information on this website you agree, both for yourself and your heirs and assigns, to indemnify and hold harmless the Missionaries of the Holy Family for any decision you make or actions you take.
You further agree that MSF and any other parties involved in creating and delivering this site's contents have no liability for direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages with respect to the information, services, or content contained on or otherwise accessed through this website.
If you are suffering serious depression, have any thoughts about harming yourself, or are contemplating suicide, you are urged to immediately contact your physician, a local licensed mental health professional, go to your closest hospital emergency room, or dial 911. Minors should not use the information on this website without the assistance and input of their parent or guardian.
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