RIP Robin, Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him

13899_10152327507278348_3231354370895099717_nMommy Manta August 12: MT 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Robin Williams was a man with a profound sense of child like glee. He made many people laugh over his life, and seemed to enjoy doing so. Along with that glee there was a darkness. A darkness Saint Paul knew very well. It seems that with great highs there will always be great lows, lows so deep that you feel as if there is no bottom. Depression is an affliction of the soul and body which confounds the mind and robs the heart of strength.
But it is also where true grace can be found. Paul/Saul found Christ through his depression, being thrown from his horse, or donkey, or mule, blinded by the light of God and called to raise as Paul. Robin Williams sought treatment for the additions his depression drove him to seek and for many years he was clean sober and found a newness of life and purpose.
Depression changes us. We will never be the people we were before an episode of depression. The one thing we must never think is that God has afflicted us with depression.
The last line of the photo is you mustn’t lose it, the madness, that is a profound statement. Madness, here also read childlikeness, if I may coin a phrase, is an important part of the balance but it must be in check. To tip too far one way or another leaves us vulnerable to sorrows of the heart and soul, a sorrow we must seek help and Christ to heal.

Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 - 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director


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