Sanity and Sanctity.

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Would you put someone who had been sectioned in the Church’s Calendar?  No?  Actually, the Roman Catholic Church did as long ago as 1690 when they canonised St John of God, a Portuguese ex-shepherd, retired mercenary, sometime religious bookseller and flogger of religious tat to the pious.  He had spent time in what was then the equivalent of the Psychiatric ward of the Royal Hospital in Granada and had received the treatment of the day – segregation, restraint, flogging and starving.  Today he’d have got some  very effective mood stabilsers and probably wouldn’t founded a religious order caring for the sick.

Today’s stigma may not matter to God.  Doesn’t mean you can’t be used by God if the World or even the Church say otherwise.

“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

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