Blessed Enrico Rebuschini (1860–1938) suffered from depression and occasional nervous breakdowns, but his love for the sick helped him to ascend to the height of virtues and holiness. A member of the order founded by St. Camillus de Lellis (1550–1614), who was profiled last week, Enrico was declared Blessed by Saint John Paul II on May 4, 1997.

Enrico was born in northern Italy on April 28, 1860. He was the second of five children. As a young man, Enrico studied mathematics and did military service. He did administrative work for his brother-in-law, who managed a silk business. However, after three years, Enrico felt strongly that this work was not suitable for him. He felt persistently attracted to religious life. For years, opposition from his father prevented him from following his vocation, but his father finally relented after a long discussion between them in 1884.

Enrico studied for the priesthood in Rome. He did well in school, but from March 1886 to May 1887, he experienced a profound nervous depression. He had to take a break from studies, and after more than a year of rest, the depression subsided. There would be relapses in the future, but they were less prolonged and less serious. The trial of sickness taught Enrico to trust in God. He loved to contemplate the mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the maternal tenderness of Our Lady.

During the summer of 1887, Enrico worked at the hospital in Como. However, he was soon dismissed because, instead of working in his department, he spent his time in the hospital wards at the bedside of the sick. Enrico also made visits to the poor and the sick in their homes. These contacts with the needy, along with the advice of his spiritual director and the reading of the life of St. Camillus, helped Enrico to discern his vocation as a hospitaller (member of the Order of St. Camillus).

On September 27, 1887, Enrico entered the Camillians in Verona. On April 14, 1889, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, the future Pope St. Pius X. Father Enrico made his final profession as a Camillian on December 8, 1891.

Father Enrico remained prone to depression; he again suffered relapses from 1890 to 1891. According to the explanation of Dom Antoine Marie, OSB, “These relapses were a consequence of his predominant fault – a perfectionist nature which led him to spiritual undertakings that did not take his nervous frailty into sufficient account.”

During his depression, Father Enrico also suffered the spiritual trial of being tempted to believe he was damned. His appointment as hospital chaplain helped him to forget himself and to give himself in serving others. Father Enrico experienced relapses of depression in 1895 and 1922, and on both occasions he made remarkable recovery.

As hospital chaplain, Father Enrico had the gift of touching the hearts of hardened sinners. He convinced sinners to make confession and helped them to receive Holy Communion. Father Enrico was a prayerful man who had a great love for the Holy Eucharist and for Our Lady. He also prayed the Divine Office fervently.

At the beginning of May 1899, Father Enrico was sent to Cremona and served as chaplain to the Camillian Sisters. The following year he was named the bursar of his own community, and he served as bursar until 1937. In 1938, his strength was failing.

In early May, Father Enrico received the anointing of the sick, and asked forgiveness of everyone for the bad examples he might have given, for his imperfections, for everything that might have offended anyone. He also asked them to pray for him. Father Enrico died on May 10 at 5:30 in the morning.


恩里科克服抑鬱                                                                                   

聖卡米諾斯(又稱聖嘉民.列理斯)(1550-1614)以病人的軀體、以病人的身份,服務其他病患者;他無視自己腿上的傷患折磨,仍要滾身下床,爬到不同病人的榻旁,喧寒問暖,日夜無間。

真福恩里科. 列朴哲理(1860-1938)是靈醫會成員,曾患抑鬱和幾次精神崩潰,卻因著他對患病者的愛心,幫助了他的聖德得以提升。教宗聖若望保祿二世在1997年5月4日把他宣福。

恩里科於1860年4月28日在意大利北部出生,是父母五個子女中排行第二。年輕時學習數學並在軍中服役,後幫助姊夫管理絲綢生意;三年後,恩里科強烈感到這份職業,並非自己所需,反而對修道生活抱著濃厚的興趣,但遭到父親的反對和阻撓。1884年,經過與父親詳細的討論,父親終於允許他追隨自己的聖召。

恩里科在羅馬作晉鐸進修,初期進度不錯;但1886年3月到1887年5月,他嚴重的精神抑鬱,令他停止學習一年多,待病情舒緩;而病情後來多年後仍復發幾次,只是較輕微和短暫。面對抑鬱卻教他學習信賴天主,喜歡默想耶穌聖心的慈悲、聖母溫柔的母愛。

1887年夏天,恩里科在科莫的醫院工作;由於他常離開他所屬部門的工作,跑到病房慰問病人,被解僱了。他也家訪貧病者,探望有需要的人。與貧病者接觸、神師的建議、及閱讀聖卡米諾斯的行實,幫助恩里科肯定自己有作靈醫會會士的聖召。

1887年9月27日,恩里科進入維羅納的修院;1889年4月14日在若瑟.米基諾.薩圖主教(後來的教宗聖庇約十世)祝聖為司鐸。1891年12月18日恩里科神父在靈醫會發永愿。

1890年至1891年間,恩里科神父抑鬱病重現。本篤會東尼.瑪里院長指出,恩里科神父多次受精神抑鬱困擾,主要是他「完美主義的性格」,使他忽視了自己精神上的脆弱而在靈性事工上承擔了太多東西。 

抑鬱病同時是恩里科神父靈修上的試探,讓他懷疑自己已被注定喪亡;幸而被委作醫院院牧,令他忘我地專心為病人服務。雖然1895年及1922年的抑鬱病復發,但恩里科神父能得到明顯的康復。

作為醫院院牧,恩里科神父有打動罪人心靈的神恩。他說服罪人去辦告解並準備他們善領聖體。恩里科神父是一個祈禱的人。他熱愛聖體和聖母,並熱心地誦唸日課經。

1899年5月,恩里科神父被派遣到克雷莫納的靈醫會會院,作修女們的神師;翌年,被委為修會的財務員直到1937年。1938年恩里科神父體力大減;五月初,他領受了病人聖事,並為自己一生的錯誤,表達歉意,懇求所有人原諒和代禱。5月10日上午五時三十分,恩里科神父瞌然長逝。