suicide

Approaching the Suicide Surge with Honesty and Resolve

When suicides happen, most respond with discretion and whispers. Because of shock, shame and a desire to avoid speaking ill of the dead, obituaries use euphemisms about unexpected deaths, and family members and friends are understandably reluctant to divulge how their loved one died. There’s almost an unwritten cultural pact between mourners and condolers to get through the funeral with […]

Suicide Prevention—Be COMFORT for those who Struggle

Suicide is a terrible thing, because it is the taking of a life and also because it leaves a lasting, troubling impact on others. Our faith tells us that the taking of one’s own  life is objectively a mortal sin. However, we know that depression clouds one’s judgement and ability to reason and therefore, we understand that God is merciful […]

A Novena to St. John Paul II for Brittany — Please Pray

Pope St. John Paul II

We’re coming up on the very first feast day of St. John Paul II.  In 2011, just ahead of his beatification, I had the opportunity to interview his biographer, George Weigel, who called his priestly death the pope’s last encyclical. I would argue that, of all the great teachings we have from our former Holy Father – pages upon pages […]

The Fall of Icons

  A writer who practices his art at home does not want to turn his place of residence into a library warehouse.  And so, every so often, in order to maintain a dynamic equilibrium between acquisitions and dispersals, he must sift through his material and separate the transitory from the enduring.  It is a practice akin to gardening in which […]