Thursday, January 16, 2014
Depressed? The quickest way to get out of depression is to do something--an act of service, an act of charity, an act of kindness--for another. Depression, even at its chemical worst, has some element of self-centeredness. Not in the sense of being selfish (or not necessarily), but too focused on "self" and all that entails. Depression is an almost self feeding on self. This came to mind because I was reading St. Faustina Kowalska's diary, where she writes, "Pure love [i.e., not the feeling but the action, the act/choice of the will] ... is happy when it can empty itself and burn like a pure offering. The more it gives of itself, the happier it [presumably the soul] is. But also, no one can sense dangers from afar as can love; it knows how to unmask and also knows with whom it has to deal" (No. 140, Notebook 1). So be happy. Love.
Posted by Look in the Mirror at 3:33 AM