Depression and God

3 thoughts on “Depression and God”

  1. I have struggled with depression my whole life, and am a recent Catholic convert. I have found, at least, that as a Catholic, I can go through the motions of worship, of the liturgy, and it is still valuable and meaningful — not like as an evangelical, when something was seriously wrong with me — when I must be a wretched sinner — if I couldn’t “feel” God’s love and joy. Many Catholics — many people — don’t understand. But God understands. And I have found the Sacrament of Confession to be the most beautiful and comforting part of the Catholic faith aside from the Eucharist itself. Going to Confession when you feel wretched might not be a bad idea — not that the depression itself is a sin, but that Reconciliation is one of the Sacraments through which Jesus heals us, and pouring out your soul, so that He can pour in His love, is exactly why He gave us Confession.

    May His love and peace be with you.

    Here’s a post I made about depression:
    Motion and Emotion

  2. You don’t have to feel guilty for not going to Mass, you don’t have to feel guilty for not doing the “Christian” duties, Jesus lived the life fulfilling all requirements of the law, He died a death for all of our ungodliness and sin, and He rose that we may rise with Him, that He may live the life we ought to live through us. All we have to do is surrender and rest in His finished work. When you don’t go to Mass or pray or read the Bible, you shouldn’t feel guilty, just hungry for Him. Even if you don’t feel hungry, that’s ok. Ask Him to stir up the hunger. Don’t focus on the wrong you need to confess, but focus on Christ and confess all He has done for YOU. I hope that can serve as some encouragement. Be blessed.

  3. I just came across your blog doing a search on Christianity. I am sorry sorry to hear you are going through all of this. I was raised in the Catholic Church and have also battled depression off and on through my life. I understand the guilt and feeling like you are a bad Catholic. Remember this though…God loves you and Jesus knows what you are going through. They do not view you as a bad Catholic. They see you as one of God’s children who is struggling. I pray that God carries you through this difficult time.

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