22 October 2015

Marist world

Dr. Robert Wicks writes about key ways to resist trauma

A prominent American psychologist who met with Syrian Marist Brothers and friends – known as the “Blue Marists” – in a four-day encounter in Lebanon at the beginning of September wrote about his encounter after he was “left inspired” by them.

Doctor Robert J. Wicks, Professor Emeritus at Loyola University Maryland in Balti­more, Maryland, labels the Blue Marists as “amazing and an inspiration” and speaks about resilience in his article, “Those Who Stayed”, which can be read here.

He underscores that one should focus on faithfulness rather than success and high­lights ways of coping with experiences of loss, betrayal, anxiety, stress and darkness.

The award winner of the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice – the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Papacy for distinguished service to the Church – also highlights that the keys to resilience are community, faithfulness, prayerfulness and humility.

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