Below are excerpts from “Do Not Be Afraid” (Mt 14:27), a dedicated resource for Mental Health Illness ad Outreach from Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC).
Human Life is sacred; every person is created in Gods imageHuman persons are willed by God; they are imprinted with God’s image. Their dignity does not come from the work they do, but from the persons they are. (St. John Paul II, On the Hundredth Year [Centesimus annus].no. 11)
Suffering is Redemptive when united to ChristSuffering is a call to conversion: it reminds us of our frailty and vulnerability.
Pope Francis, March 2015
People with mental health illness have many gifts and talents that add to our life as a community of faith. Each person is recognised with dignity, for whom they truly are, a person created in the image of God.
We are spiritual friends and companions who journey in faith with those who are in need or suffering and who are often isolated by their illness.
As individuals and as Church, we are called to create an environment that represents patience, trust, becoming a safe place for all those in need.