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Understanding Scrupulosity [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Santa
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Many people, at one time or another, struggle with faith issues about sin, guilt, punishment, and hell. But a large segment of the population, many of them Catholic, are so afraid of sin that their lives are marked with anxiety and fear. These people suffer from an affliction called ""scrupulosity."" Rather than experiencing faith as a source of peace, scrupulous individuals can't seem to shake their feelings of impending doom, disappointment, and eventual condemnation.


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Many people, at one time or another, struggle with faith issues about sin, guilt, punishment, and hell. But a large segment of the population, many of them Catholic, are so afraid of sin that their lives are marked with anxiety and fear. These people suffer from an affliction called "scrupulosity." Rather than experiencing faith as a source of peace, scrupulous individuals can't seem to shake their feelings of impending doom, disappointment, and eventual condemnation. Based on thirty-five years of questions and answers to the Scrupulous Anonymous newsletter and compiled by the director of Scrupulous Anonymous, this revised edition of Understanding Scrupulosity: Questions, Helps, and Encouragements-besides providing answers to questions and concerns related to sin, confession, self-worth, sexuality, prayer, God's forgiveness, thoughts, dreams, and fantasies-offers two wholly new chapters that treat considerations important for discerning impulses and for achieving peace of mind in the day-to-day struggle with scrupulosity. Understanding Scrupulosity is a welcoming and pastorally sensitive book for those who suffer from this affliction and-just as important-for the people who counsel them, professionally and/or pastorally.

About the Author

Thomas M. Santa, C.Ss.R., former director/editor of the Scrupulous Anonymous newsletter (1993-2003), is the director of the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona. He works with people who suffer from scrupulosity and offers retreats and workshops to pastoral ministers and professional therapists who work with people suffering from the compulsion. His latest book is Sacred Refuge: Why and How to Make a Retreat (Ave Maria Press, 2005).

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  • File Size: 1875 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Liguori Publications (April 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Z8Q7EI
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Scrupulosity can be a component of anxiety and OCD. The manner and style in which the information in this book is presented is perfect for the brain which functions in this way. I highly recommend it. I found the book to be trustworthy and will provide the scrupulous person with relief. You can read more about this book and/or subscribe to the Scrupulous Anonymous newsletter by visiting the Liguori website, scroll down and click on the link to "Spiritual Newsletters."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for Catholic and Protestant alike December 21, 2008
By crc
Format:Paperback
This is a great book for anyone who suffers with OCD that turns religious! Wonderful help to those who are suffering. Written to the Catholic audience, there are innumerable helps for the Protestant as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for OCD Sufferers and Their Families April 9, 2009
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This book, written by a Catholic Priest, who founded Scrupulous Anonymous, Father Thomas Santa, is a must read for anyone who has OCD or has a family member that has been diagnosed with OCD. Actually, it is an excellent reference guide to what it's like to experience the pain and frustration of negative, frightening, obsessive- compulsive thoughts. It is well written, and it includes feedback from scrupulosity sufferers themselves, in their own words,which gives a completely authentic study of the "doubting disease".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OCD sufferer February 29, 2008
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This book is a must for anyone suffering from Scrupulosity and OCD. It explains the problems and gives ways to ease the stress. Since this form of OCD is not as well known, this is one of the few books on this subject and it is a good one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Update to a great and critically needed book. February 6, 2014
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This book - an updated treatment to a previous by the same author - could really rescue a Catholic who, through the higher levels of devotion - either by life long habit or driven by life changing circumstances etc., begins to develop small or great obsessions. There is a difference between reverence for the Eucharist and diving for a microscopic crumb we imagined fell; between half-done prayers and obsessing that the prayer won't 'count' because of a missed word, and many other like things. It can happen to anyone, despite the similarity to OCD it can be found in individuals with no such aspects in other parts of their lives, and the book is really a release for such persons if they take the message to heart. No, the book does not encourage lower levels of piety nor object to certain types of worship - it simply will rescue you from falling into this trap, and free you to worship in Joy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interest May 31, 2009
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Father Santa covers a multitude of questions. I go back to this book often for help with my scrupilosity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Help for Catholics with Scruples! May 23, 2013
By Maria
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This book is a MUST HAVE for Catholics with excessive scruples. Depending on the amount of stress in my life, I have serious anxiety and scruples for many days at a time, when other days they are barely noticeable.

You will find yourself reaching for this book more than once to "make sure" that you have not sinned (even though, according to The Catechism of the Catholic Church, you must have full knowledge of what you are doing and have given your full consent to sin, i.e. you cannot sin without knowing it! Sadly, this is the fear of most scrupulous persons, myself included). Virtually every question the scrupulous person may have (or very similar ones) are answered in this book by Roman Catholic Priests who have made their life's work aiding and being confessors to the scrupulous (and if you find that your questions are not in the book, you can always sign up for their newsletter for free and ask them right away. Info here to sign up: http://mission.liguori.org/newsletters/scrupanon.htm)

Put your mind at ease, they are faithful to the Teachings of The Catholic Church in all of their answers, so know that the material you are reading is sound.

If anything, my scruples have taught me that I must have patience and charity toward myself as The Lord shares these virtues with me! :)

God bless you and hold you close to Himself in this very troubled time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good April 24, 2013
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This is a very insightful and well written book. I recommend it and received a great deal of comfort from the book.
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Published 9 hours ago by GARY RICCIARDI
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Could not believe the relief and peace that could come from one reading of one little book. No, all is not healed, but a path to the healing that our God offers is seen in the many... Read more
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Very helpful book, explains and puts at ease.highly recommended . Easy to read and understand , couldn't put it down
Published 6 months ago by Rita Van Ryn
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I've met more people than i want to count who are so obsessed with a guilt ridden religion that i had to buy this book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally some peace
For anyone who suffers with scrupulously, this author and this book are reasons for hope and the pathway to peace.
Published 7 months ago by R. Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars Choosing peace, trusting God.
Excellent presentation of the symptoms and practical recommendations for dealing effectively with this affliction. Very encouraging and hopeful advice. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Don NY
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly helpful and a true blessing!
This book brought me a tremendous amount of peace. Many of the worries and questions I had were answered by this book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by MKH
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Scrupulosity: Questions, Helps, and Encouragement
The author you could tell really had compassion on the people who have this problem. It was well written and gave a lot of encouragement to them. I would highly recommend.
Published 17 months ago by becky
3.0 out of 5 stars Scrupulosity
This is good for people who refuse to believe psychiatry and need a religious explanation. And often, scrupulous people do need this book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Zahra Jaferi
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