The next you feel alone because you are struggling with depression, or any other mental or emotional condition, reflect on these words of St. Francis de Sales. You are not alone
.“Everyone says besides your physical illness you are suffering from deep depression… My own soul, which once endured it for six weeks is in a position to feel compassion for those who experience it.”
When your difficulties seem to persist no matter what you do or how hard you try, and you get down on yourself for failing. Remember that you are the created to journey to the Creator and follow these instructions. “Have patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself.”
When you look at those with advanced education, position, or even holiness and you think you are lesser because you can never live up to such greatness, remember St. Francis de Sales believed the opposite. Through God’s eyes big and little mean nothing. It’s all equal. “While I am busy with little things, I am not required to do greater things.”
St. Francis to Sales had a keen sense of human worth from God’s eyes. No one is insignificant. No suffering is insignificant. No joy is insignificant. God is with us and in us always. He only asks one thing.“Be who you are and be that well.”
Picture is public domain in the United States because is the author’s life +70 years. It is a faithful reproduction uploaded to Wikimedia in 2005.