Resources for someone who has hit rock bottom?

January 3, 2008 | Uncategorized | 8 comments

I just got a call saying that the estranged husband of a friend tried to commit suicide this week. It is only by some amazing “coincidences” that he didn’t succeed. He’s had a tough life and some bad decisions left his life in a really bad place recently. He was raised Catholic but hasn’t been to church in years.

He’s already getting some kind of counseling and his loved ones offering moral support, but one of his family members contacted me to ask if there is anything in terms of Catholic or other Christian resources that they could offer him. I get the impression that he may be open to turning things around but just doesn’t know where to start.

Any thoughts would be appreciated, and please keep this man in your prayers.

8 Comments

  1. Arthur

    I am sorry to hear about your friend, but am glad he has at least some openness to spiritual assistance. A couple of things: First, not all priests are really good counselors. So, if he doesnt have a therapist, call Catholic Charities. They almost always offer good counseling from a Catholic perspective on a sliding scale. If he is not eligible financially (earns too much) then they can at least point you to other Catholic or Christian counselors in the area.

    If he has the counseling base covered, get him in touch with the local pastor as he will need the sacraments and to re-establish himself with the church. Get someone to go to mass with him at least a time or two, so it wont be so strange.

    Then let the therapist and the Lord help him figure out what’s next.

    Well, that’s my $.02.

  2. fuzzybunny68

    I’m currently reading the Holy Father’s “Jesus of Nazareth” and I like it a lot. However, I’m only three or so chapters in. Might that be something worth considering? The first sentence of the first reviewer on Amazon.com is:

    “A few months ago someone asked me what book I would recommend that they give to their adult children who no longer practiced the faith, without hesitation I named this book as the one.”

    Perhaps one ought to consider browsing Amazon to see if that book might be a possiblity.

  3. fuzzybunny68

    I’m currently reading the Holy Father’s “Jesus of Nazareth” and I like it a lot. However, I’m only three or so chapters in. Might that be something worth considering? The first sentence of the first reviewer on Amazon.com is:

    “A few months ago someone asked me what book I would recommend that they give to their adult children who no longer practiced the faith, without hesitation I named this book as the one.”

    Perhaps one ought to consider browsing Amazon to see if that book might be a possiblity.

  4. Anonymous

    I recently started attending Al Anon meetings. Depending on his area of need, a relevant 12 step program can be a life saving source of support and growth.

    kathy

  5. SteveG

    I’d second the counseling advice as well. I’d personally recommend Pastoral Solutions Institute

    Pastoral Solutions Institute

    and their telecounseling services.

    My wife and I have personal experience with them and they are outstanding.

  6. Anonymous

    how about Fr. Groechel’s ‘Out of Darkness’? I think that’s the title, if it’s not that, it’s similar.

  7. Anonymous

    There are some great resources out there in the “Catholic” world. My old parish (we moved) offers counseling services with a liscensed counseler (Masters degree.) In New Jersey, the Divine Mercy Healing Center is a “comprehensive Christian Counseling Service” staffed by professionals. Though not all priests are good counselors,as mentioned (God love them!) I wouldn’t hesitate to ask his/her Parish priest if he might help find a professional counselor to help. Someone who attempts suicide needs spiritual guidance, as well as someone trained in the mental health field. I’ll pray for him!

  8. Anonymous

    Conrad Baars’ book on Feeling and Healing Your Emotions is also good. (The title seemed to me very “warm fuzzy” which I don’t like but the book is very practical.)

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