Session 5: Recovery
The Sanctuary Course for Catholics • 22m
In our parishes, practices such as praying for the sick and holding healing Masses serve as a reflection of the belief that God can bring about physical restoration. In addition, the sacrament of Anointing the Sick also mediates healing. However, for many people living with mental health problems, the journey of recovery is long and complex. In this film you will meet Augustina, who lives with depression. Listen to her story, and learn about the resources of grace and nature that are available to us all.
(This film references suicidal thoughts.)
Learn more about this course and Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries at www.sanctuarymentalhealth.org/catholics/
More resources related to this course, including transcripts and promotional materials, can be found here.
Warning: This course and films address difficult and sensitive topics, and may not be appropriate for a young audience. Parental guidance is advised.
This film captures the experiences of individuals in their own words; the views and opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not always represent the views of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, FORMED, or the Augustine Institute.
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