Friday, February 21, 2014

Mental Illness and St. Francis de Sales

Some wise words from a great saint. To quote:
“While I am busy with little things, I am not required to do greater things.”  In other words, don’t create more anxiety and depression by beating yourself up with too high expectations.  Little efforts are good enough.

“Have patience to walk with short steps until you have wings to fly.” In other words, work on your problems a little at a time.  There’s no need to grit your teeth and spend hours trying.

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.”  No explanation needed.

Finally this.  (I left in the endearments to his sister-directee so you can benefit from the gentleness of his tone).

“Let us all belong to God, my daughter, in the midst of so much busyness brought on by the diversity of worldly things.  Where could we give better witness to our fidelity than in the midst of things going wrong?  Ah, dearest daughter, my sister, solitude has its assaults, the world its busyness; in either place we must be courageous, since in either place divine help is available to those who trust in God and who humbly and gently beg for His fatherly assistance.” (Read more.)

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