Offering Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense
“Thus the response to the theme’s question is clear: whoever suffers from mental illness “always” bears God’s image and likeness in himself, as does every human being. In addition, he “always” has the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such.” St. Pope John Paul II
It is always important to share with each other that there is hope and understanding. Our Apostolate is there to share a message of love and compassion. Through our spiritual support and spiritual advocacy, we must change the culture and world’s understanding of mental illness. Will you join us?
Into every life comes sorrow. We offer hope to people when life doesn’t make sense. Father Benedict Groeschel has much to teach us in his book, “Arise From Darkness”. He quotes St Teresa of Avila:
“I was alone without a single friend to give me a word of encouragement. I could neither pray nor read, but there I remained for hours, uneasy in mind and afflicted in spirit on account of the weight of my troubles, and for the fear that perhaps I was being tricked by the devil and wondering what I could do for my relief. Not a gleam of hope seemed to shine upon me from Heaven or earth, except just this: In the midst of all my fears and dangers, I never forgot how Our Lord must be seeing the weight of what I endured. Oh my Lord Jesus Christ, what a true friend you are, and how powerful, for when you wish to be with us, you can be and you always do wish it, if only we receive you.”
Fr. Benedict further states:
“You who read these lines are moved as you read them because you know they could have been about you with a few details changed. These lines are written about you…and they are written about me. They are written about all of us.” Arise From Darkness, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR
Arise From Darkness