“At the time everything looked very gloomy to me. I was unable to sleep; I lost my appetite, and suffered severe irregularity. I became only a shadow of a human being, hardly able to walk. I lost even the desire to live. Only my faith and prayers kept my mind sound.” -Blessed Bishop Basil Hopko
On September 14, 2003 Saint Pope John Paul II declared Greek Catholic Bishop Basil Hopko a martyr because his death was the direct result of the injuries he sustained during Communist reign in Slovakia. Today is his feast day.
In short, Blessed Basil was arrested, imprisoned for the “subversive activity” of being loyal to Rome, and severely abused for over 14 years. During this time, he suffered major depression, recovered, and went on to minister to a 120 nuns imprisoned with him at a home for the aged. He never regained his health, never fulfilled his dreams, and was never able to resume his duties as bishop when finally released. After all this, go out on Google and see several photographs of a smiling happy man. Those of you struggling with severe depression, remember this. You can be imprisoned in your own thoughts and/or circumstances and still fully recover.
Blessed Basil, pray for us!
http://www.carpatho-rusyn.org/spirit/hopko.htm (picture is from this link)