I posted a Biblical reflection on despair a few days ago, and followed up yesterday with a worthwhile video and comments.
Last week, Perpetua of Carthage blogged on new data showing 10% of Americans on anti-depressant meds. She closes the post asking if we have abandoned too many basics of healthy living. These include the care of our soul and investment of it in others:
"A Christian spiritual life in community is important."
Notice that she did not say "Going to church is important." One can go to a ceremony in complete despair and isolation, sit through it and leave in just as much darkness. Christ is life, joyful and abundant life, celebrated and exercised in groups of people committed to Him and to one another - the New Testament meaning of "church."
Perpetua has me wondering if the cultural assertion of "Me and my individual spirituality" isn't a classic deception by the evil one, leading not to insight and fulfillment but to isolation and depression.