Joy and Saint Philip
Paula Adamick’s discussion of the skyrocketing rates of ‘depression’, especially amongst the young, should give us some deep pause. After all, youth, as Saint Thomas teaches, is, or should be, a time full of hope, of dreams, of all those things that might yet be, within the grasp of one’s incipient powers and talents. Yet so many are mired in sadness and despair.
The early Fathers wrote much about acedia, with which Ms. Adamick, rightly in my mind, connects at least some forms of depression (although we must always be careful not to judge in individual cases, whose background and etiology