It is "...everyone's duty"
In the United States and around the world, a vast amount of people suffer from mental and emotional illnesses. Others are affected by it whether through family or friends. Blessed Pope John Paul II gave our Guild his apostolic blessing in 1997, just one year after we were founded. His understanding and great compassion toward these persons inspires us to support our members. He has named the suffering of mental and emotional conditions, "The Illness of the Human Mind."
"Love Thy Neighbor"...
Persons who suffer from mental illness need the same spiritual comfort and support as their brothers and sisters in Christ. It is integral to our human nature - to nourish our soul and connect with the God who loves us and will not abandon us in our hour of need.
How then do we embrace these people of God? How then to show an act of mercy? While our faith community might lack spiritual support, we must remember to see the face of Christ; we must remember what Blessed Pope John Paul tells us, "it is everyone's duty to make an active response." We remember, too, the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta: "It is not enough for us to say: 'I love God', but I also have to love my neighbor.
See the Face of Christ...
Those who wish to support those with mental ad emotional illnesses must 'stand in and stand up' as a true friend. We must see Christ in their faces: "
Do Not Feel Helpless!
What to do? First and foremost: prayers for their intentions and spiritual sacrifices for their healing. OFFER THEM A COMPASSIONATE AND UNDERSTANDING HEART. This is what our Apostolate represents. Read our website and see the words Spiritual Support. This is precisely what is needed.
We invite you to take our website pilgrimage with our patron saint, St. Benedict Joseph Labre! Let him tell you about some of God's most precious and unique sons and daughters: those who suffer from "The Illness of the Human Mind".