Posts Tagged ‘Spiritual life’

The Catholic Guide to Depression

In 04 Fr. John McCloskey on 2013/10/31 at 12:00 AM


It is highly unlikely that anyone reading this review has been untouched by clinical depression, either as one who has suffered from it or as one who knows others who have.

Dr. Aaron Kheriaty (with Father John Cihak) has written a book to address clinical depression from a perspective that fully acknowledges both its biological and spiritual dimensions.

The Catholic Guide to Depression: How the Saints, the Sacraments and Psychiatry Can Help You Break Its Grip and Find Happiness Again, published by Sophia Institute Press, is, as far as I know, the only book of its kind from a Catholic point of view.

This book provides a full explanation of the illness and current treatments, along with sound advice on how spiritual methods of prayer and the sacraments can assist the standard pharmacological and cognitive treatments.

The first part provides a detailed explanation of types and causes of depression and related disorders, their relation to the spiritual life and the tragedy of suicide. The second part moves on to modes of treatment, with chapters on medication and other biological treatments, psychotherapy, spiritual help for depression, and Divine filiation and hope.

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An Unbleached Image of the Lord

In 14 Book Corner on 2011/06/10 at 7:00 AM

To become truly human, we must become Christlike and we can only learn this by knowing Him and learning from Him.  In Romano Guardini’s meditative scriptural commentaries on the person of Jesus Christ, one can find as Guardini says terms “the realization that Christ forces upon us when He himself ‘interprets Scripture’ and our hearts start ‘burning within’.” (Preface)

Here follow some excerpts that I hope will lead you to read the enlightening portrait of Jesus Christ which Guardini paints for us:

“None of the great things in human life spring from the intellect; every one of them issue from the heart and its love.”  p. 18

“Questions can arise to trouble us, particularly as they are usually afflictions of the heart that have assumed intellectual form. ..there are profound questions that return after every supposed solution, mysteries whose intrinsic meaning, not solve but lived, increasingly clarify the faith of those who live them.”  p. 299

“Jesus looms like a rescuing cliff above the tides of human suffering.”  p. 49

“Jesus walks through the flood of pain, and the power of God flows form Him Iike a wave of human healing.”   p. 53

“…eternal revolt of the human heart against the bearer of its own salvation….The real reason is never given; invariably it is this mysterious, inexplicable impulse of the fallen human heart revolting against the holiness that is God.”  p. 53

“The Spirit within him has the power to heal – to heal from the root of the evil.”  p. 55

“Between God and man stands the barrier of sin….The Holy Spirit lowers that barrier of sin.”  p. 169

“The Lord warns us also to guard against ourselves, against the deeply rooted human traits of vanity, complacency and egotism…Not even before oneself should and act of charity be paraded or reveled it.  Send that inner, applauding spectator away, and let the act, observed only by God, stand on its own.”  p. 99

“What the Sermon on the Mount demands of us is…a beginning and a continuing, a rising again and plodding on after every fall.”  p. 107

“Christ the Intermediary is a sacred living artery thorough which divine purity and forgiveness flow; through the establishment of the Eucharist he becomes a permanent artery; supplying all generations with the supernatural abundance of divine life.”  p. 143

“Christ’s exhortations are founded neither on social nor ethical nor any other worldly motives.  We are told, simply, to forgive men as our Father in heaven forgives us.  He is the primary and real Pardoner and man is his child. Our powers of forgiveness are derived from His….love must become pardon when that neighbor trespasses against us, as we constantly trespass against God.”  p. 352

“Men have always known that something was wrong with human existence; that everywhere stupidity, injustice, deception and violence were at work. Consequently there was always the feeling that someday things must be set right and fulfilled.”  p. 393

“Jesus is exemplary because in Him Christian life begins.  He is its foundation.”  p. 423

Guardini, Romano THE LORD Regnery Gateway.


“Everything is already there, in Christ”

In 01 Daily Meditations on 2011/04/27 at 11:42 AM
You live in the midst of the world and you are just another citizen living in contact with men who say they are good or bad. You must always want to give other people the happiness you enjoy as a Christian. (Furrow, 321)

If we take a look at the course of human history, we will see progress and advances. Science has made man more aware of his power. Technology today controls the world much more than in the past, helping men to reach their dream of a greater level of culture, unity and material well‑being.

Some people are perhaps inclined to tone down this optimism, reminding us that men still suffer from injustice and wars, at times worse than those of the past. They may well be right. But, above and beyond these considerations, I prefer to remember that in the religious sphere man is still man and God is still God. In this sphere the peak of progress has already been reached. And that peak is Christ, alpha and omega, the beginning of all things and their end.

In the spiritual life, there is no new era to come. Everything is already there, in Christ who died and rose again, who lives and stays with us always. But we have to join him through faith, letting his life show forth in ours to such an extent that each Christian is not simply alter Christus: another Christ, but ipse Christus: Christ himself! (Christ is passing by, 104)