I'm certain that every single person knows of someone who suffers from a mental disorder (SMD).  Someone once told me that we all have some degree of a mental illness, or disordered thinking.  I believe this is true.  Just knowing of all the additives in our foods, chemicals in the air, and technological and environmental pollutions, we really don't stand a chance of avoiding it all.  

With statistics like 35.5% of Americans on disability are on disability for mental disorders, there's another aspect of this battle against mental disorders that needs to be addressed.  We come in contact with numerous SMD's throughout the course of our day.  We may not even recognize some of them, because they often look like ordinary people.  But we don't know what's going on with them on the inside.

Therefore, we must be compassionate, tolerant and merciful toward those who are suffering and tormented by their illnesses in ways that we cannot imagine. In many ways, it really ISN'T their fault.  Let us, as a society, collectively raise awareness and offer guidance and help to our troubled brothers and sisters, and to their families.  Instead of avoidance, let us reach out and perform corporal and spiritual works of mercy.  ALL humans deserve to be treated with dignity, and SMD's are among the most vulnerable of our society (especially the children).

By showing mercy, we can take steps to heal the brokenness in our world.  

"Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful." (Luke 6:36)

Let us see the face of Christ in others, and let us BE the face of Christ FOR others.

"Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself." (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul #950)

Lord God, bestow your mercy and blessings upon all Your people. We pray for all those who suffer disorders of the mind and spirit. We pray for their parents and caregivers who fulfill a special mission of love and works of mercy.  We pray for all peoples to have sound, healthy minds; and that we may live in harmony and peace, caring for one another, caring for our planet, and restoring order to nature, families and societies. We pray that political leaders will govern with respect for the dignity of all human life; we pray that corporations will operate not from greed but from a sincere desire to make this world a better place.  Amen.