[quote="WoundedIcon, post:14, topic:252030"]
I don't want to father a bunch of miserable lunatics. Don't want to look at my baby and wonder whether he or she will kill herself at 15. Do them a favor and don't have them, etc.
In calling your future children "miserable lunatics" you are calling yourself that and everyone else with a mental illness.
People with mental illnesses may be miserable, but their suffering has value! In Christ, suffering has value.
Saying that people are miserable lunatics is not to see people as God sees them, sees you, sees all of us.
Pope Benedict XVI said that everyone is willed, loved and necessary. That means you!
And if God were to give you the gift of special children, they would also be willed, love and necessary to God and to His plan of salvation.
I suggest that you check out the information on the website of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability about Mental Illness.
Read "Welcome and Valued."
I would also recommend the book Surviving Depression, A Catholic Approach by Sr. Kathryn Hermes from Pauline Books. (ISBN 0-8198-7077-3)
This book is for anyone suffering from a mental illness. It contains Sr. Kathryn's own story and many other people's stories, including stories of the saints. She has many suggestions for prayer too.
Wounded Icon, you may be wounded, but so was Christ.