Following Richard Osmer’s framework for practical theological interpretation, this paper’s overall task seeks to examine the question of how to engage and encourage youth who are struggling with anxiety and depression to seek counsel. Separated into four sections, the descriptive task invites the reader into the author’s personal experience before drawing attention to the larger societal issue at hand. The interpretive task invites psychologist Erik Erikson’s identity development into the conversation, inviting more questions and possible solutions. The third section, a theological interpretation and analysis examines the Rule of St. Benedict and the pastoral implications of the incarnation. Finally, the final section invites the reader to a pastoral response rooted in empathy, listening, and dialogue.
Stretar, Meghan. 2019. Embracing and Engaging Holistically: A pastoral response to youth (or anyone) struggling with anxiety and depression. Obsculta 12, (1) : 12-27. https://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/obsculta/vol12/iss1/3.