10 Things You Need To Know About Depression (Part I)
“Do not look for the faults of your friend. Do not repeat the shortcomings of your neighbors in your talk. You are not the judge of creation. You do not have dominion over the earth. If you love righteousness, admonish your soul and yourself. Be the judge of your own sins, and chastise your own transgressions.”
— St. Ephrem the Syrian
AN EXCERPT FROM
A Year with the Church Fathers, p237
“Fear of the Lord does not mean to be afraid of God. St. John tells us that where there is love, there is no fear. Rather, fear of the Lord is to stand in awe and wonder before the greatness of the Lord. It is to recognize that God is the creator and we are the creatures. Fear of the Lord should lead us to praise and worship.”
— Rev. Jude Winkler, OFM, p.95
AN EXCERPT FROM
Daily Meditations with the Holy Spirit, p95
The Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th celebrates the meeting between the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary, as recorded in St. Luke’s Gospel, the day when St. Gabriel announced to her that she would conceive a Child by the Holy Spirit. It is the moment of Mary’s great fiat of perfect submission to the will of God, and the day the Church celebrates the Incarnation of Jesus Christ in the womb of His Blessed Mother, exactly nine months before the Feast of the Nativity on December 25th. (Due to the Annunciation falling on Good Friday this year, the Annunciation celebration was moved to after the Octave of Easter).
“Temptation to a certain sin, to any sin whatsoever, might last throughout our whole life, yet it can never make us displeasing to God’s Majesty provided we do not take pleasure in it and give consent to it. You must have great courage in the midst of temptation. Never think yourself overcome as long as they are displeasing to you, keeping clearly in mind the difference between feeling temptation and consenting to it.”
— St. Teresa of Avila
AN EXCERPT FROM
The Fulfillment of All Desire, p158
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
The Second Sunday of Easter was named Divine Mercy Sunday by Pope St. John Paul II following a request from Jesus in his private revelations to St. Faustina Kowalska. On this day, the final day of the octave celebration of Easter, Jesus promised to open the floodgates of his inexhaustible mercy and shower abundant graces on those who participate in this feast day. Liturgically, from ancient times the Easter Octave, culminating on the 8th day, has always been centered on the theme of Divine Mercy and forgiveness. According to Pope St. John Paul II, the Octave day of Easter Sunday is meant to be a day of “thanksgiving for the goodness God has shown to man in the whole Easter mystery,” that is, the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Wait to Worry
From Attitude Is Everything
by Vicki Hitzges
I used to worry. A lot. The more I fretted, the more proficient I became at it. Anxiety begets anxiety. I even worried that I worried too much! Ulcers might develop. My health could fail. My finances could deplete to pay the hospital bills.
A comedian once said, “I tried to drown my worries with gin, but my worries are equipped with flotation devices.” While not a drinker, I certainly could identify! My worries could swim, jump and pole vault!
To get some perspective, I visited a well known Dallas businessman, Fred Smith. Fred mentored such luminaries as motivational whiz Zig Ziglar, business guru Ken Blanchard and leadership expert John Maxwell. Fred listened as I poured out my concerns and then said, “Vicki, you need to learn to wait to worry.”
As the words sank in, I asked Fred if he ever spent time fretting. (I was quite certain he wouldn’t admit it if he did. He was pretty full of testosterone–even at age 90.) To my surprise, he confessed that in years gone by he had been a top-notch worrier!
“I decided that I would wait to worry!” he explained. “I decided that I’d wait until I actually had a reason to worry–something that was happening, not just something that might happen–before I worried.”
“When I’m tempted to get alarmed,” he confided, “I tell myself, ‘Fred, you’ve got to wait to worry! Until you know differently, don’t worry.’ And I don’t. Waiting to worry helps me develop the habit of not worrying and that helps me not be tempted to worry.”
Fred possessed a quick mind and a gift for gab. As such, he became a captivating public speaker. “I frequently ask audiences what they were worried about this time last year. I get a lot of laughs,” he said, “because most people can’t remember. Then I ask if they have a current worry–you see nods from everybody. Then I remind them that the average worrier is 92% inefficient–only 8% of what we worry about ever comes true.”
Charles Spurgeon said it best. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.”