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IN TIMES OF deep anguish inspirational snippets can be the lifeline we need to restore one’s hope and regain one’s balance in the storms surrounding us.

Pope Benedict XVI

I invite you to pray for those with mental health difficulties: that they are not placed on the margins, but treated with respect and lovingly supported as they live their life with dignity.

:         Embracing Brokenness

The wilderness constantly reminds me that wholeness is not about perfection…. I have been astonished to see how nature uses devastation to stimulate new growth, slowly but persistently healing her own wounds. Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life. Knowing this gives me hope that human wholeness–mine, yours, ours–need not be a utopian dream, if we can use devastation as a seedbed for new life.


Niles Elliot GoldsteinGod at the edge

(This book) articulates, for me, the essence of Palm Sunday: that absolutely everything–each and every fall on the way to Calvary, each drop of blood on Jesus’ body, and every tear shed for his death–is part of the God story.

“When we come to understand that everything in our world, including its darker aspects, derives from God, we begin to realize that much of what we perceive as ‘bad’ is, from the divine perspective, simply another piece of the sacred whole. Those experiences in our lives that up close seem so uncomfortable, anarchic, and disorienting are, from a distance, actually essential components of a beautiful and harmonious creation. That which appears as darkness to us may very well be the beacon to our redemption.”

So even (and especially) at those times when we are stripped of all of our dignity, scourged as a result of our illness, robbed of our achievements and personality–those mornings that placing one foot down on the floor is nothing short of miraculous–that even those hours are all good.

Because in the big picture, we can see one palm–the divine hand–holding all of us securely within his grasp, and especially the lonely, hurt, sad, anxious, and depressed (and those with exceptionally bad palm readings) among us.

Meister Eckhart

You need not seek God here or there, He is no further than the door of your heart; there He stands patiently awaiting whoever is ready to open up and let Him in. No need to call to Him from afar: He can hardly wait for you to open up. He longs for you a thousand times more than you long for Him.

Margalea Warner

Accepting that we have a mental illness is a long journey, because it is often part of the illness to deny that we are ill. As part of ongoing prayer for your friend, you might pray for insight into the illness.

Pray also that the stigma attached to mental illness might be replaced by understanding.  Realize that mental illness distorts thinking.  People with schizophrenia may hear voices shouting that they are bad people and deserve to die.  People with depression may be unable to stop thinking they are worthless and unloved.

A friend in crisis called me saying she had urges to hurt herself because she was such a bad person. I reminded her of the times she had been a good friend to me and tried to help her perceive reality in a more accurate and kind way. Distorted thinking may tell us God hates us or has abandoned us. Reassure your friend often that she is a beloved child of God.

Depression and Me

For me, depression was not so much about being without faith or hope or love; it was, rather, not being able to remember knowing those things, not being able to imagine ever experiencing them again.

Parker Palmer A Hidden Wholeness