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 How can I handle anger?Anger is a natural emotion which, in normal situations and within specific limits, is healthy for the human being. It is a natural response to adapt in the face of a threat, and it helps to react and defend oneself. When it goes out of control, however, and becomes more intense, it could become destructive both for people around and for the person feeling the emotion.Anger could harm the physical and mental health of the person, and so we need to learn to manage it in the best possible way. Many people affirm that if a person remains removed from hatred,...
 Dropping the “I” word!    It is no secret that for years now, the immigrant community has been in the eye of the storm for many reasons. While reading and watching the news about all that happens around the immigration debate and even just regular issues concerning our community, there is a word that always makes me cringe, the word “Illegal”.    When you think of the word “illegal” what comes to your mind? I can think of things like arms, substances, running a red light. Items or actions that are dimmed negative to society. I certainly don’t refer to my...
 Can seeing others fight harm a small child?Children are victims even when they are not the direct object of physical abuse. Children who witness violence can be emotionally, psychologically and even physically affected. They could feel anxiety, depression, sleep disorders (nightmares, insomnia, etc) and fear.Children who witness violence show various mental unbalances in their behavior, such as attention deficit, low self-esteem, sense of guilt and aggressiveness against their classmates, members of the family and property. Children are particularly vulnerable to trauma by violence,...
 The JourneyOver the course of the next year I will continue travelling along a path that I believe God has called me to travel. It is not the easiest road in one’s life but it is a road that has filled my life with more joy and blessings than any other that I have travelled before. This blog will focus on my journey to the priesthood as a religious. My name is Brother Ray Cook. Back in 2003 I applied to a religious order called the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. In 2007 I made my first vows and have renewed them each year for the past three years. I have applied for my final...
 What can we do to reduce stress?The best advice to treat stress is to avoid it. Anxiety and stress depend on various factors, both personal and of the situation. Therefore there are many variables we can approach in order to prevent or reduce anxiety and stress. When a situation of stress incapacitates a person to carry out a normal life, there is a need to go to a specialist who can evaluate the real stress and which would be the best therapy for it. These are the most common pieces of advice to calm stress down:Diet:•    It is important to eat in a healthy way, avoid...
 Retro-Acculturation, why it’s cool, and good!    I remember many years back, a lot of my cousins and some of my friends, even though they were Hispanic, they refused to be labeled as such; it was not cool at that time, it was hard to fit. But as our Hispanic community has grown, more and more Hispanic young people are starting to realize the beauty of their heritage and culture.    Nowadays, being Hispanic is cool and it’s in. Not as a fad, but more as a way of life. People realize that returning to our roots can yield a true sense of identity of whom we...
 

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