The Raphael Remedy

Knowledge is Power

by | Feb 11, 2021 | Mental Health

Knowledge is power, but it’s the truth that sets us free.

Mental health has been one of the greatest casualties over this last year. Anxiety and depression have become a graver pandemic than any virus out there. We need to restore hope and freedom if we are to move forward in a healthy way.

As we approach Lent, we need to take a sobering look at what we’ve been through this past year:

  • lockdowns
  • mask mandates
  • churches, schools and businesses closed
  • nationwide riots
  • a contentious election
  • widespread censorship
  • the alarming reality of a budding police state

…and it only seems to be getting worse.

Or is it?

Practically overnight, the mainstream media and social media created a narrative quickly and persuasively. Fear of illness. Or, worse yet, spreading an illness unawares to loved ones. This fear has manipulated all of our emotions. Needing to believe someone or some organization could be trusted to guide us through this storm, many latched onto any and every recommendation to minimize the spread and feel safe.

The problem was that the goal posts kept moving and “facts” changed from day-to-day. Our trust quickly deteriorated into a stark realization that most of those we had come to believe were actually working against us. Instead of seeing these “authorities” as the threats, suddenly neighbors and family members were all suspect—we became divided over mask-wearing, social interactions, and whether or not treatments or vaccines would be the magic bullet to bring back normal.

So, how do we ease the anxiety and
rise out of the depression?

Let’s start with prayer and supplication to God.

Ask Him, who is Truth itself, to reveal all truth to us and to the world. Pray for your friends and family that they may be protected, not only from the virus, but from the gripping fear that has paralyzed a good part of the world.

Remember, God does not work through fear.

Let me repeat that.

God does not work through fear.

His enemy does.

God inspires hope. God uses reason and logic. God deals in the fullness of truth, not half-truths. Not theories and not “expert opinions.” Truth.

Do your own research.

You simply cannot take for granted that everything the mainstream media and government agencies are telling you is true. In fact, you’d be wise to assume it’s not. Do your own research.

What was the actual overall death rate in 2020 as compared to 2019 and 2018?
It may surprise you to learn it was virtually the same.

What is the actual survival rate for COVID?
It may surprise you to learn that in the overwhelming majority of cases the survival rate is over 99%. This is WITHOUT treatment.

Are there therapeutics that can help you to prevent catching COVID and that will help you recover quickly if you do?
You may be surprised to learn that there are several therapeutics that have been shown to be extraordinarily effective when given at the onset of symptoms.

Is Hydroxychloroquine a real cure or is it really harmful?
You may be surprised to learn that the Lancet report that refuted its efficacy was taken down and admitted to be fake.

Once something has become politicized, nothing you hear can be trusted. You have to be smart and do your own research. Consider alternate search engines like Duck Duck Go rather than Google.

Use common sense and logic.

  • If the virus were as deadly as purported, wouldn’t we be told to dispose of our masks in hazmat containers?
  • Wouldn’t the homeless, who don’t wear masks, who don’t social distance, who don’t wash their hands regularly, be dead on the streets in astounding numbers?
  • Wouldn’t the states that didn’t lock down have higher death rates and those that did lock down with the strictest mask policies have few or no new cases by now?
  • Why did the flu virtually disappear?

Things are not adding up if we take the time to think about them.

  • Is a “vaccine” really necessary for a disease that has over a 99% survival rate?
  • Are you comfortable taking an experimental gene therapy that has been approved only for emergency use?
  • Is a 99% survival rate an emergency?
  • Does it make sense to take something with virtually no long-term track record?
  • If Bill Gates, whose admitted goal is to decrease the world’s population by two-thirds, who has maimed thousands of innocent people in Africa through his vaccine programs, is pushing for global vaccination, does it make sense to back up and move with extreme caution before going along with it?

Recognize the difference between scientists’ opinions and actual scientific studies.

A lie repeated often enough and forcefully enough is easily swallowed by the general public. But do these expert opinions actually hold water? In many cases, they don’t.

For instance, this article about the scientific effectiveness of mask wearing is very eye-opening. Some things sound good on the surface and afford you an opportunity to do something to feel like you are protecting yourself or others. But shouldn’t that something be based on actual science and not government directives which exploit the fears they so irresponsibly engendered?

You need to recognize that there is way more going on here than you may think. The point I’m making is not whether you should or shouldn’t wear a mask or if you should get or not get the “vaccine.” That’s up to you and I respect your decisions regarding your own health. But it’s essential you learn to think for yourself, to evaluate the “facts,” to use common sense, and to take back your own autonomy. Such things will go a long way towards freeing you from the epidemic of anxiety and depression so many are experiencing.

Drawing nearer to Our Lord.

So as Lent begins, use this time to truly grow closer to Our Lord. Pray for His truth to be revealed. Enter into His passion and anticipate His resurrection. As you read the gospel narratives and see what He was subjected to, try to see the parallels going on today. A people who welcomed Jesus on Palm Sunday with Hosannas and praise, degenerated into an angry mob that chose Barrabas and called for the crucifixion of Our Lord and Savior. Mobs tend to do that.

Then…look at what God did with all of that. See how He turned it all around. Good Friday was probably the lowest point in human history. Holy Saturday had to be excruciating. God allowed the despair and anxiety many experienced that day knowing their joy would be all the sweeter Easter Sunday.

The world intends all that is going on for evil…but God will use it for good. Believe this. Choose to keep trusting in God to protect you and care for your needs. Don’t go along with the crowd. The crowd is rarely right.

Decide to be with Jesus at the foot of the Cross. And no matter how bleak it may appear, keep trusting and get to the tomb Easter morning. Those who persevere, who don’t care about human respect, who hope against all hope are the ones who see the miracles.

Allison Ricciardi, LMHC
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