Understanding SuicideBy Father Ronald Rolheiser

     Understanding SuicideBy Father Ronald Rolheiser (CatholicNews---Sunday September 2, 2007)              www.catholic.org.sg      MARGARET ATWOOD, A Canadian poet, says that it is not enough to say certain things just once. Some things need to be said, and said, until they don't need to be said again.      Every year I write a column on suicide and each … Continue reading Understanding SuicideBy Father Ronald Rolheiser

Too Bruised to be Touched—One of the causes of Suicide By Father Ronald Rolheiser

Too Bruised to be Touched---One of the causes of Suicide By Father Ronald Rolheiser http://www.ronrolheiser.com (CatholicNews---Sunday Aug 30, 2009) THE POET, HAFIZ, wrote a poem nearly 700 years ago entitled, We Should Talk About This Problem. In it, God addresses a wounded soul: There is a Beautiful Creature Living in a hole you have dug . . … Continue reading Too Bruised to be Touched—One of the causes of Suicide By Father Ronald Rolheiser

The Struggle To Understand Suicide by Fr Ron Rolheiser

  The Struggle To Understand Suicide by Fr Ron Rolheiser http://www.ronrolheiser.com 2005-07-17 Every year I write a column on suicide because, among all forms of death, it's still the one we struggle with the most. How can suicide happen? What makes a person take his or her own life?Suicide, no doubt, is the most misunderstood of all … Continue reading The Struggle To Understand Suicide by Fr Ron Rolheiser

The Power of Kindness by Lollie McLain

                       The Power of Kindness by Lollie McLain http://www.lollie.com/Bkind/printversion.html Rule number one:        Whether a plant, an animal or a person; If it's alive it's much more likely to thrive when you give it lots of loving attention.  Rule number two:Isolation kills. You don't have to believe me, just check the statistics on death rates of babies in orphanages … Continue reading The Power of Kindness by Lollie McLain

The Pain of the Ones Left Behind by Suicide by Ron Rolheiser

The Pain of the Ones Left Behind by Suicide by Ron Rolheiser http://www.ronrolheiser.com 2006-08-06 Each year I write a column on suicide and try to highlight three things.First, suicide is a illness, not something freely chosen. A person who dies by suicide, certainly in most cases, dies against his or her own will. Suicide is death by … Continue reading The Pain of the Ones Left Behind by Suicide by Ron Rolheiser

The Most Misunderstood of All Deaths—Suicide by Fr Ron Rolheiser

The Most Misunderstood of All Deaths---Suicide by Fr Ron Rolheiser http://www.ronrolheiser.com Death is always painful, but its pains are compounded considerably if its cause is suicide. When a suicide occurs, we aren't just left with the loss of a person, we're also left with a legacy of anger, second-guessing, and fearful anxiety. So each year I write … Continue reading The Most Misunderstood of All Deaths—Suicide by Fr Ron Rolheiser

The Descent Into Hell by Fr Ron Rolheiser

     The Descent Into Hell by Fr Ron Rolheiser http://www.ronrolheiser.com 2005-04-10 Several years ago, a young woman I knew attempted suicide. She was 23 years old and away from home. Her frightened, concerned family rushed to her side. They brought her home, got her the best medical and psychiatric attention available, and, most importantly, rallied around … Continue reading The Descent Into Hell by Fr Ron Rolheiser

The Cross as Revealing God’s Unconditional Loveby Fr Ron Rolheiser

The Cross as Revealing God’s Unconditional Loveby Fr Ron Rolheiser http://www.ronrolheiser.com 2002-02-17 A number of years ago, a young man came to me because he was in crisis: He had been having an affair with his girlfriend and she had become pregnant. For a variety of reasons, marriage was impossible. The pregnancy would have an … Continue reading The Cross as Revealing God’s Unconditional Loveby Fr Ron Rolheiser

The Cross as Revealing Christ’s Descent into Hell by Fr Ron Rolheiser

The Cross as Revealing Christ’s Descent into Hell by Fr Ron Rolheiser http://www.ronrolheiser.com 2002-03-17 There's a curious line in our creed which says that, immediately following his death, Jesus "descended into hell". What, possibly, can that mean? Within the popular Christian mindset we have the conception that, as a consequence of original sin, the gates of heaven … Continue reading The Cross as Revealing Christ’s Descent into Hell by Fr Ron Rolheiser

Someone is too Bruised to be Touched by Suicide byFr Ron Rolheiser

 Someone is too Bruised to be Touched by Suicide byFr Ron Rolheiser http://www.ronrolheiser.com 2002-07-07 A few days ago, I was asked to visit a family who had, just that day, lost their 19 year-old son to suicide. There isn't much one can offer by way of consolation, even faith consolation, at a moment like this, when everyone … Continue reading Someone is too Bruised to be Touched by Suicide byFr Ron Rolheiser

Our Misunderstanding about Suicide by Fr Ron Rolheiser

Our Misunderstanding about Suicide by Fr Ron Rolheiser http://www.ronrolheiser.com 2001-07-22 Each year I write an article on suicide because so many people have to live with the pain of losing a loved one in this way. When someone close to us falls victim to suicide we live with a pain that includes a lot of confusion ("Why?"), … Continue reading Our Misunderstanding about Suicide by Fr Ron Rolheiser

On suicide and despair by Ronald Rolheiser

                        On suicide and despair by Ronald Rolheiser Sunday May 27, 2018  CatholicNews FOR centuries, suicide was considered as an act of despair, and despair itself was seen as the most grievous sin of all. In many religious circles, despair was seen as the most sinful of all acts and ultimately unforgivable. Sadly, a strong residue … Continue reading On suicide and despair by Ronald Rolheiser

Misconceptions about Suicide by Fr Ron Rolheiser

Misconceptions about Suicide by Fr Ron Rolheiser http://www.ronrolheiser.com 2003-07-27 Margaret Atwood once wrote that sometimes things need to be said, and said, and said, until they don't need to be said any more. Each year I write a column on suicide because, given the misconceptions about it, some things need to be said over and over … Continue reading Misconceptions about Suicide by Fr Ron Rolheiser

Living on after a loved one commits suicide by Chong Siow Ann

Living on after a loved one commits suicide by Chong Siow Ann                   The Straits Times  December 11, 2018          It is common to ask why when a loved one kills himself or herself. But with time it is good to leave the search for the unknowable behind. Some time ago, someone I knew professionally … Continue reading Living on after a loved one commits suicide by Chong Siow Ann