"Feeling down and all
alone... There are times where I want to give up and take my own life."
Answer / Resources:
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First, it might be
wise to meet with a good priest and/or contact your diocese [and/or utilize
other applicable & worthy resource(s)] for suicide prevention counseling /
assistance, as they may be better able to help with the particulars of your
said, I'm truly sorry things are so difficult for you right now. We all go
through hard times, but we must persevere. Remember that Scripture tells us to
"Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you." (1 Pt. 5:7) We also
know that every hair on our heads is counted (see Mt. 10:30) and that God
loves us so much that Christ shed every drop of His Precious Blood to save us.
Remember that you are God's child. He chose to create you instead of an
infinite number of other people that He could have created. Also, you are very
loved by your Mother Mary and by the angels and saints, not to mention your
Catholic brethren. Even though you may feel alone sometimes, you are never
really alone since God is there, as is your guardian angel. Remember also that
you have many friends in heaven. Rather than giving in to feelings of despair
and other negative thoughts, you might try focusing on the merits gained from
suffering. Suffering can be very profitable for your soul, whereas a person
intentionally taking their own life would be gravely sinful and would
put their eternal soul at risk. Perhaps you might consider items on the page
here regarding suffering (including 'suffering has meaning', 'how to
suffer'). Remember that God – your Father in heaven – is always there for you
and ALWAYS loves you. Also keep in mind that Scripture exhorts us to pray
unceasingly. A good priest may also be able to provide you with some more
specific advice during this difficult time. In any event, I believe that if
you love God, reach out to Him, and do as He has commanded us to do, He will
make this difficult time profitable for you and will help you to bear your
suffering. As Scripture says, "No trial has come to you but what is human. God
is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the
trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it." (1
Cor. 10:13) Don't give in to temptation – remember it pleases your mortal
enemy, Satan, NOT God, when persons take their own lives. Follow the lead of
your merciful Savior and carry your cross. Keep in mind that God hears your
prayers and that you are never alone. God loves you dearly as His beloved
child. Your life is valuable & precious - it is *not* something to be thrown
away, even if you may have to suffer sometimes.
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