Little Hearts Group -Poor Clare Ty Mam Duw
Little Hearts are a group of Poor Clare friends, who receive a daily spiritual sharing from us at Ty Mam Duw to help them on their journey to God. By this means, our friends, keep in touch and have the assurance of our prayers. The themes of these sharings are the gift of the Holy Spirit; he is the author!
Heart Speaks to Heart
Dear Little Hearts,
This past Monday was Blue Monday, it marks a day when we are encouraged by the church to reflect upon those in our families and surrounds, and elsewhere who suffer from mental health issues. Depression and mental illness are a great cross for the sufferer and their families, it calls for the greatest compassion, patience and mercy. By and large it tends to span a greater time space than physical illness and by its nature demands more of others.
Anyone whose behaviour does not appear to fit the ‘ mould ‘ can be labelled as ‘mental ‘, this is not necessarily the case at all. The bullying, verbal abuse that we can see in our society for those who are ‘different’ is totally unacceptable.
Too often when man cannot understand another, others, they are tagged neurotic. We see this actually often in the lives of the Saints, people who suffered because of a total wrong interpretation of their actions or words. Saint Faustina certainly had this experience.
Among our Little Hearts group ( numbering about 350) there are quite a few people who either themselves, or have a releative suffering from depression or mental illness, eating disorders, addictions etc.
There are also valiant souls who have a depenedent parent with Alzheimers.
For some radical healing is possible, for others new life is possible, it can be a long road to recovery but it is possible and even those with chronic diagnosed mental illness can with love and care attain to be better quality of life. Lets remember and pray on Blue Mondays for all the mentally ill.
LOVE is the greatest healer.
Prayers for 'Blue Monday'
The third Monday in January is often dubbed 'Blue Monday' - the most depressing day of the year - due in part to debt levels, bad weather, divorce rates and the number of days since the Christmas holidays. For those suffering from longer-term depression and mental illness, January may be just a bit harder to bear.
In the run up to Blue Monday, the Mental Health Project of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has been raising awareness of St Dymphna - the patron saint of those with mental or nervous disorders or mental illness and of the St Dymphna Befriending Group- a support group for those facing mental health challenges.
Joanne Bird, a mental health practitioner and the co-ordinator of the befriending group says: "Mental distress can strike at any time in anyone's lives, and that's when it's so helpful to have someone kind nearby who will listen to you and support you".
Gail Sainsbury who works on the Mental Health Project at the Bishops Conference said: "I will be praying on 'Blue Monday' for all those who are in particular need at this time."
Prayer to Saint Dymphna for help:
Good Saint Dymphna, great wonder-worker in every affliction of mind and body, I humbly implore your powerful intercession with Jesus through Mary, the Health of the Sick, in my present need. (Mention it.)
Saint Dymphna, martyr of purity, patroness of those who suffer with nervous and mental afflictions, beloved child of Jesus and Mary, pray to Them for me and obtain my request.
(Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be.)
Saint Dymphna, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us.
Prayer to Our Lady of Mental Peace
Mother of tranquillity, Mother of hope,
Our Lady of Mental Peace, we reach out to you for what is needful in our weakness.
Teach a searching heart that God's Love is unchanging, that human love begins and grows by touching God's Love.
Let your gentle peace be always with us and help us to bring this same peace into the lives of others.
Our Lady of Mental Peace - Pray for us.
For more information about the St Dymphna Befriending Group and St Dymphna see: http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/blue-monday-130116
More about the project: http://www.mentalhealthproject.co.uk/project_9.html
The Story of St Dymphna: https://franciscanmissionassoc.org/prayer-requests/devotional-saints/st-dymphna/story/
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