The Annunciation and Catholic Mental Health

Editor’s note: this is a reprint from last year, remixed and touched up. Enjoy! “Behold the handmaid of the Lord…” With a few simple words Mary changed the course of her life and the course of human history. But what does it mean to behold something? Webster’s dictionary defines the word “behold” as “to see, […]

A Bit of the Ole Music Therapy For Mental Illness Volume 2 – Sgt. Pepper

Hello Dear Reader! If you are anything like me, the last 2 weeks have done little to inspire you. Between Covid-19 and the murder of George Floyd, it’s all been enough to make you question the meaning of it all. The United States is literally burning. Now more than ever we need Mother Mary and […]

Works of Mercy You Can Do Right Now and Why You Should Do Them

Hello dear reader! Pope Francis recently consecrated the world to the Virgin Mary in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This got me thinking about one of the Virgin Mary’s many titles; the Mother of Mercy. Our Lady’s words to St. Brigid of Sweden state this plainly; “I am the Queen of Heaven and the Mother […]

Don’t Let Your Illness Take Away What You Love!

Sometimes, things happen that don’t make a lick of sense. Sometimes, when we’re walking down the road, minding our own business, we end up in weird places without realising it and it can cause a lot of damage. This happened to me quite recently. Sunday morning, right before I went to bed, the mental hellhounds […]

What if You Received the Eucharist for the Last Time

A Guest Post by Bill Snyder Hello dear reader! It gives me great joy to introduce today’s guest blogger, Bill Snyder. Bill is the founder and president of Patchwork Heart Ministries, a ministry seeking to draw the youth of today into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. He also has a podcast named Sewing Hope, […]

A Bit of the Old Music Therapy for Mental Illness

A reflection from Brian on a number of things Hi dear reader! Hope you are doing well in the midst of this pandemic. I for one am doing my best to keep a well-balanced routine and seeing daily mass online. I am also keeping my mental health symptoms at bay using therapy, both my professional […]

The Paradox of Presence: How Christ Draws Near Me In Mental Illness

A guest blog by Sophia Swinford Every day, G-d seems to fall further away from me. Or maybe I am the one falling. My mind reaches and grasps but the light turns to darkness beneath my palms. So I turn my hands over, palms up. The light tickles my fingertips, and I fight against the […]

Who Are You? Not your Mental Illness!

A Reflection on Identity by Rea Okerberg When I ask you, ‘who are you?’ what’s your immediate answer? Right off the bat, I’m sure you’re thinking, ‘My name? My favourite hobbies?’ No. None of these things. I asked this question on social media earlier and the answers I received back was fascinating with how varied […]