Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: Mother Teresa

Church mental health – Awareness or care?

When talking about those in need of our help, Mother Teresa is probably the best example of compassionate love and care for the suffering. We would do well to study her thoughts about feeding the hungry and helping those for whom life is feeling hopeless. She did not wait for institutions to be established. If […]

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No one listens anymore

What happened to those voices that did the initial work of raising mental health awareness in the Church? Stories of what it feels like to be discriminated against are not heard because those who are affected are shunned when they want to tell about their pain. No one listens anymore. Why do the powers that […]

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Heroes of human rights – A life worth living, Part 4

Like all of us, the individuals you’ll read about didn’t have easy lives. They faced difficulties, but despite those difficulties, their lives were full and meaningful. That’s what happens when you find something worth living for. What are some of the obstacles keeping you from living a full life? Are you focusing more on those […]

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Updated introduction – A life worth living, Part 1

From 1999 when I published my first book, Riding the Roller Coaster, I’ve tried to persuade readers that living with mental illness is not the end of the world. Despite our struggles, we can have a life worth living. If we trust God and the person he made us to be, we can do more […]

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Part 20 – Fighting injustice with love and humility

Most of the personalities we’ve featured in this series have been fighters for justice. It takes a fighter to change the status quo—to bring justice to an unjust world. But did God intend for us to fight with anger, as so many do? Speaking personally, I get terribly angry when I see things that are […]

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Part 7 – A voice calling – Mother Teresa

MOTHER TERESA (1910 – 1997) Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia to a family of Albanian descent. When Agnes was eight years old, her father died suddenly. She subsequently became very close to her mother, a woman who had a deep commitment to charity. Although not well off, her mother often […]

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Those who know

  As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Luke 7:12-13   Haven’t you […]

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