SHOW MERCY TO
SUFFERERS OF MENTAL DISORDERS
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.
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
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.
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
"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.