Depressed and Catholic: Learning It’s OK to Live

If you "live with major depression," you understand what a paradoxical phrase that is. The disease of depression may not ever express itself in completed suicide, or even in attempts, plans, or ideation. But the voice of this disease is anti-life. And it is insidious as hell.Undiagnosed or untreated, we try to silence that YouWantToDieYouKnowYouDo brain elevator music with the people's pharmacopeia of numbing agents: alcohol, sex, food, rock n roll, self-injury, drugs. The problem is they're … [Read more...]

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Catholic and Crazy: The Asylum of Faith

When you're locked in a rubber room, wearing paper pajamas that leave far too little to the imagination, trying to find patterns in the ceiling tiles as cracked as your brain, you wouldn't expect to find yourself conversing with the spirit of an Irish teenager 1400 years dead---murdered by her own father, the story goes, when she resisted his incestuous advances. But that's how it works when you're Catholic and crazy. The communion of saints means we're never alone, even in a psych ward. In … [Read more...]

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Thank You, and Please Pass the Faith

Responding (belatedly) to a Patheos roundtable on giving thanks for those who nurtured our faith, I am---as usual---overwhelmed by the possibilities. In my 62-year dance of reversion, just about every person I've encountered has given me reason to believe. Like J. D. Salinger's Seymour, I have been blessed by those who've touched my life: “If or when I do start going to an analyst, I hope to God he has the foresight to let a dermatologist sit in on the consultation. A hand specialist. I have s … [Read more...]

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