June 12, 2005

Benson

The great convert & writer R.H. Benson wrote something that makes sense given that the problem of depression seems more prevalent these days (although I'm thinking a lot of that is environmental factors - an agricultural society is somewhat protective; melancholy has always a problem for sedentary scholar types). Anyway, Benson wrote something that might be applicable to some:
"I would say that 'subjective prayer' and self-reproach, and dwelling on one's temporal and spiritual difficulties, is not good at times [of depression]; but that objective prayer, e.g. intercessions, adoration, and thanksgiving for the Mysteries of Grace, is the right treatment for one's soul."

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