Depression in Lent, an Unsought Penance

Posted March 8, 2018 2:15 am by Jim Dougherty

Depression in Lent, an Unsought Penance

 

My Lent so far has consisted of an unrelenting depression that has been getting worse for months.
My mounting anxieties and a sense of hopelessness have contributed to difficulty in Lenten prayer. I have tried different forms of prayer and nothing seems to rouse me from my sadness. The only answer I have found is continually to resort  to offering myself and my sufferings to Jesus without holding anything back. “I am broken”, I keep telling Him. “Heal me, if it is your will.”
I feel pain at an emotional level. At the supernatural level, I trust that this pain is being

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