The Holidays and Chronic Illness (Podcast)

The holidays can be a tough time for people with a chronic illness. Obviously, this year will be different because of the pandemic. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family this holiday season for a happy and healthy celebration, for those that will be celebrating. https://anchor.fm/stephen-fratello/embed/episodes/The-Holiday-Episode-emmgmt

Biden Vows to Help the Disabled Community

Photo by Markus Spiske If you have anxiety and you also are really concerned about the state of our country, this week was likely not a good week for you. I know it wasn't for me. The cliffhanger experience of finding out who was going to lead our country into the future was excruciating. Personally, …

When Spirituality Becomes Too Sweet

Every Sunday, I religiously watch Meet the Press. It has become sort of like my church. Unfortunately, right after that is Joel Osteen. (Insert eye roll here) Everyone knows this guy -- he’s that positive preaching guru, whose snake oil salesmen smile stretches almost as wide as the TV screen. He’s sold millions of books …

I’m Sorry: An Open Letter to The Chronically Ill and Disabled

People say a lot of things. Some human beings have the capacity to talk forever, it seems. They complain, they rant, they get mad, they explain themselves. They go on and on, but very rarely do you ever hear the words that most need to be said…and heard. “I’m sorry.” I came across a quote …

Guest Post — Sr. Melannie Svoboda

Learn a Lesson from Fido by MELANNIE SVOBODA SND Sometimes I envy dogs. I’m speaking of dogs with good homes, mind you. Such dogs have it made. They are fed, petted, walked, and played with every single day—and they do virtually nothing to deserve it. Oh sure, they provide companionship, they guard the house when we’re …

The Ambiguity of Spiritual Discernment

"In approaching the Spirit's movements ... [we are called to] a habitual leaning into our souls in God, with a quality of trust in the abyss of divine love there, wanting to see our desires transformed in the light of God's desire for us. We rest attentively in that abyss ultimately without knowing anything except …

An apple a day doesn’t keep the doctor away?

Every doctor and nutritionist and health guru will tell you to eat more fruits and veggies - preferably organic and non-gmo. While I am all for this type of diet, it's not always helpful for people with mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS). MCAS is where your body inappropriately releases histamine and other inflammatory substances causing allergic-type …