Music Therapy and its Connection to Eastern Christian psychotherapy?

What is Music Therapy and what does it have to do with Eastern Christian psychotherapy? Most psychotherapists are familiar with the task of having to explain their professions to the lay public and clear up common misconceptions. This task is magnified for the music therapist. “What type of music should I listen to?” “So, do … Read more

Less Than the Best for Christ

By Raymond Bucko, SJ from Omaha, NE, USA (Icon of Saint Xenia) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Last weekend, we celebrated the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (the parable found in Luke 18:9-14). It is quite the cautionary tale for us “good” Christians. It serves as a warning for us that even the most Christian-y, virtuous things we do can be ruined by pride and vainglory. In the parable, the … Read more

Pre-Lent: What do I Desire?

In many Eastern Christian churches, yesterday was the Sunday of Zaccheus and the beginning of Pre-Lent. Yes, indeed, while most of us are still trying to recover from Christmas, Pre-Lent has already begun. It is the season that precedes Lent, also known as the Great Fast. The Church Fathers believed that now is the time … Read more

The Desert Father Meets a Psychotherapist

Was Evagrius of Pontus perhaps one of the first psychotherapists? My interest in the Church Fathers’ understanding of the human psyche began with reading The Rule of St. Benedict during my last year at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. The Rule illustrated the way in which Benedict wanted the monks in his monasteries … Read more