Thoughts on Faith and Depression

For those undergoing challenges and might be prone to bouts of depression, often thoughts of “why has God forsaken me ” comes to mind. Indeed, we’ve heard these very words uttered from the lips of Christ Himself during the Palm Sunday liturgy, as we will again in the days to come during Holy Week.

Many think of faith as being a kind of contract between God and ourselves, if I worship you, you’ll make my life good. It doesn’t work that way, we are the created, we follow God’s rules.

To really understand, we really need to look at the lives of the Saints, those who suffered for their faith and were rewarded with glory and blessings beyond our imagination.

St. Francis gave up a life of luxury to live as the poorest of the poor. It is estimated that thousands of Catholics, Christians, die for their faith each year. In each of these, Christ waits to welcome them into the gates of Heaven. Many, if not most, of these will never be canonized but they still are active praying for us here in Earth.

To get a grip on this depression which is so rampant in our day and age, we should read the rest of the Psalm that Christ utters on the Cross. Though it begins as a cry of desperation, it continues as a very of praise to the God who delivers!

Psalm 21, read it!

1Unto the end, for the morning protection, a psalm for David.

2 O God my God, look upon me: why hast thou forsaken me? Far from my salvation are the words of my sins.

3 O my God, I shall cry by day, and thou wilt not hear: and by night, and it shall not be reputed as folly in me.

4But thou dwellest in the holy place, the praise of Israel.5In thee have our fathers hoped: they have hoped, and thou hast delivered them.

6They cried to thee, and they were saved: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.7But I am a worm, and no man: the reproach of men, and the outcast of the people.

8All they that saw me have laughed me to scorn: they have spoken with the lips, and wagged the head.9He hoped in the Lord, let him deliver him: let him save him, seeing he delighteth in him.

10For thou art he that hast drawn me out of the womb: my hope from the breasts of my mother.

11I was cast upon thee from the womb. From my mother’s womb thou art my God,

12depart not from me. For tribulation is very near: for there is none to help me.

13Many calves have surrounded me: fat bulls have besieged me.

14They have opened their mouths against me, as a lion ravening and roaring.15I am poured out like water; and all my bones are scattered. My heart is become like wax melting in the midst of my bowels.16My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue hath cleaved to my jaws: and thou hast brought me down into the dust of death.17For many dogs have encompassed me: the council of the malignant hath besieged me. They have dug my hands and feet.18They have numbered all my bones. And they have looked and stared upon me.19They parted my garments amongst them; and upon my vesture they cast lots.20But thou, O Lord, remove not thy help to a distance from me; look towards my defence.21Deliver, O God, my soul from the sword: my only one from the hand of the dog.22Save me from the lion’s mouth; and my lowness from the horns of the unicorns.23I will declare thy name to my brethren: in the midst of the church will I praise thee.24Ye that fear the Lord, praise him: all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him.25Let all the seed of Israel fear him: because he hath not slighted nor despised the supplication of the poor man. Neither hath he turned away his face from me: and when I cried to him he heard me.26With thee is my praise in a great church: I will pay my vows in the sight of them that fear him.27The poor shall eat and shall be filled: and they shall praise the Lord that seek him: their hearts shall live for ever and ever.28All the ends of the earth shall remember, and shall be converted to the Lord: And all the kindreds of the Gentiles shall adore in his sight.29For the kingdom is the Lord’s; and he shall have dominion over the nations.30All the fat ones of the earth have eaten and have adored: all they that go down to the earth shall fall before him.31And to him my soul shall live: and my seed shall serve him.32There shall be declared to the Lord a generation to come: and the heavens shall shew forth his justice to a people that shall be born, which the Lord hath made.

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