And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death's shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace." (Luke 1: 76-79)
At the threshold of this third millennium, the consistent call of our Holy Father is to bring the Good news of Jesus Christ and His mercy to a world that is immersed in sin and shackled by despair. The Catholic therapist has a critical role to play in this new evangelization.
Our society has become nearly saturated with sexual immorality, emotional suffering, mental illness, divorce, abortion, child abuse, pornography, drug and alcohol abuse and addictions of every sort. Psychotherapy is usually the first place most people turn for help. Yet psychoanalysis and other psychological techniques, recovered memories, psychotropic medications, shock treatments and primal screams on their own can't give us the peace and freedom we seek. In some cases, they may even further our despair. The truth, and only the Truth, can set us free. And this Truth is not a something, but a Someone: Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Way, The TRUTH and The Life. Our job as therapists is to remove whatever emotional and psychological impediments stand in the way of our clients seeing and embracing this Truth. Our job is to stand in the place of Jesus, to affirm the dignity and value of every human being and dispel the lies so many believe that they are somehow inherently flawed and unlovable.
Our job is to love our clients enough to tell them the truth and call sin, sin and direct them to the fountain of infinite mercy through the sacraments our Lord Himself instituted. Our job is to foster forgiveness and mercy in families to end strife and discord. Our job is to prepare the way of the Lord, to make straight His paths so that He may return in all His glory and find some faith upon the earth. Our job, if done well, is that He should increase and we should decrease.
So, we entrust CatholicTherapists.com and the work of all the Catholic therapists we represent to the patronage of St. John the Baptist. Like him, may we use our talents and knowledge to prepare the way for the Lord, that He may heal the broken and wounded hearts of those suffering mental and emotional ills, depression, anxiety and despair. May we be merely the instruments He uses to lead His little ones to Himself.
"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and brought redemption to his people. He has raised up a horn for our salvation within the house of David his servant even as he promised through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old: salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, to show mercy to our fathers, and to be mindful of his holy covenant and of the oath he swore to Abraham our father, and to grant us that, rescued from the hand of enemies, without fear we might worship him in holiness and righteousness before him all our days." (Luke 1: 68-75)