March 25, 2023

Schizophrenia is regarded as a tragic personality condition that makes it practically impossible for human thriving.  Literally meaning, “broken mind,” a schizophrenic person, because of genetic predisposition and experiences of emotional trauma, loses touch with reality, struggling to survive in a constant state of disorientation among the mental shadows.  While this diagnosis may seem like a death sentence, perhaps it could instead serve as an invitation to serious discipleship:  embracing the brokenness of Jesus (Gal 2:19-20), hoping against hope in resurrected life (Rom 4:18), learning to choose reality (Ps 1:1-2), becoming humble (Phil 2:7-8), and trusting in the living God amidst it all (Prov 3:5).  Indeed, when the eternal pattern of dying to self and being raised to new life is established in the soul of a schizophrenic person, a broken mind is transformed into a beautiful mind that bears witness to the healing power of the truth in our lives.  Let’s therefore accompany our schizophrenic sisters and brothers in solidarity by finding creative ways for the spirit to enter our wounds and make something beautiful of our brokenness.  Ave Crux, Spes Unica.

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