My Dear Friends,
This weekend, Catholic Christians celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. On this day, we read one of the most vivid portrayals of deep depression ever written in the Bible. It is from the Book of Job. Job writes: “Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery? Are not his days those of hirelings? He is a slave who longs for the shade, a hireling who waits for his wages. So I have been assigned months of misery, and troubled nights have been allotted me. If in bed I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ then the night drags on; I am filled with restlessness until the dawn. My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope. Remember that my life is like the wind; I shall not see happiness again” (Job 7: 1-4, 6-7).
Depression is a very serious condition that we should always take seriously. If you or someone you know suffers from chronic or acute depression, please seek proper mental health care. Depression often leads to other health problems. Fortunately, most depression states are treatable. None of us should go through life suffering from a lack of joy and hope.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
– Father Bob