I don’t know why I think Stuart is in a similar emotional state as I am. Perhaps he is not. He doesn’t talk much these days. Maybe his wife Caral is keeping him busy. Maybe I haven’t talked to him enough. I haven’t talked much to people directly these days. I have no idea.
Let’s look at Stuart’s stuff and comment on it. He won’t mind.
I had no idea Stuart has a dog named Daisy. She looks nice.
Stuart can pull off a bored Anglican look. I never knew that about him.
Stuart says atheists sometimes just make stuff up. He’s right.
Search results for “bipolar” on Stuart’s blog.
Here’s a quote from a book he was reading:
To progress in spiritual maturity we must understand our own psychological makeup. As the ancient Greeks used to say, ‘gnowthe se auton’ – ‘know thyself’. It is possible to have a ‘neurotic relationship with God’, to see him as we want to see him, ‘in our own image’ as it were.
Right. Some give Him an identity that is based on their subjective view of what they would like Him to be. The “convenient Jesus” doesn’t ask “too much” of us. The “convenient Jesus” makes us comfortable in our disorders and in our sins. St. Gemma knew the real Jesus. She can help out with that. Also, this book by Bishop Sheen is very good: Lift Up Your Heart: A Guide to Spiritual Peace. I strongly recommend it.
By the way, if any among you are looking for a “special” book to help you deal with mental illness “specifically” as a Catholic, I have found that there really is no need. Understanding the medical information about mental illness is extremely important. Study up on that. And find your identity in Jesus Christ. Books for all Catholics, like the one by Fulton Sheen, are all you need. Really.
I recommend also: God’s Image in the Mentally Ill Person
God, bless Stuart and his wife Caral.