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‘Catholics and depression’

Catholic World News - January 08, 2013

In an interview with Catholic World Report, Aaron Kheriaty and Msgr. John Cihak discuss their new book, The Catholic Guide to Depression: How the Saints, the Sacraments, and Psychiatry Can Help You Break Its Grip and Find Happiness Again.

Kheriaty is director of residency training and medical education in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, Irvine; Msgr. Cihak is a priest of the Archdiocese of Portland.

“Depression certainly affects our spiritual life, and our spiritual life is central to helping us prevent or recover from depression,” says Kheriaty. “Depression is indeed a spiritual trial because it wounds us so deeply – you could say that it is an affliction not just of the body but also of the soul.”

“We can know, with certainty and confidence, that God is our loving Father, that he is close to us and that he sustains us, even through painful trials and periods of suffering in this life,” he adds. “We know also, in faith, that our suffering is not pointless, but can be redemptive when united to the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.”

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