Do those who take their own lives automatically lose their salvation? How can we help those who have lost a loved one to suicide? Addressing the hard issue of suicide simply and pastorally, Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, draws from the teaching of the Church, the message of Divine Mercy, and his own experience of losing his grandmother to suicide in order to offer readers two key forms of hope. With co-author Jason Lewis, MIC, Fr. Chris reveals that there’s hope for the salvation of those who've died by their own hand, and there’s hope for the healing of those whom they’ve left behind. This book is a must-read for all those trying to make sense out of such a difficult subject. Remarkably, the spiritual principles of healing and redemption apply not only to a loss from suicide, but by any means of death.
Alar and Lewis offer a fresh and compelling take on how to view prayer. Based on the fact that God is all-knowing (omniscient) and all-powerful (omnipotent), they explain how God’s eternal being “outside of time” enables one’s prayers to be effective to any point in time, including the past. This gives hope to all who have lost a loved one — that we can make a difference in the salvation of someone we love with our prayers and offerings, even years later, to assist them at the moment of their death. Supported by saints, theologians, and the liturgical prayers of the Church, these teachings, when applied, can result in amazing grace and the salvation of millions of souls who may have otherwise been lost.
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Author General Fr. Chris Alar illustrations 4 Page Count 195 Type Books SKU ASTH Format Paperback Size 6” x 9” Language English Published Sep 30, 2019 ISBN 9781596144347 Ship Date No
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- God made us for life, not for death
After Suicide by Chris Alar and Jason Lewis is an outstanding book about the tragedy of suicide and how to prevent it. Here are just a few excerpts from that book, followed by comments in brackets:
Purpose of Life: God made us for life, not for death. He made us for communion and for love. [Life is a great gift. Choose life.]
Purpose of Life: Suicide is often directly related to depression. Note that the effects and causes of suicidal depression are different from one another. For example, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse are often the effects of depression, whereas purposelessness and hopelessness are often the causes of depression. Purposelessness and hopelessness can follow quite naturally from a society entrenched in relativism and atheism, because a life without purpose or meaning is a life without hope. [Lack of a truly worthwhile purpose can lead to depression and suicide.]
Society: The world today has become more secularized than at any point in human history. When secularism takes extreme forms, aiming to remove God from every facet of our lives, our society is doomed to unhappiness and discontent. In essence, we publicly “commit suicide” on virtually every social and communal level. Without God’s help, individuals are prone to falling into depression and are more likely to consider suicide. [Atheist countries, such as communist countries, are doomed to unhappiness.]
God: Our ultimate happiness will occur when we are united with God, and we can only be united with God when we fully love Him. And we can only love God if we come to know Him, because we cannot love what we do not know. [Jesus’ commandment to “Love God” requires that we study God in order to know God.]
God: Suicidal people fail to see life as a gift from God. A lack of faith in God is a key contributor to suicides. Life is difficult enough with the help of God’s grace. But when people live without God and His grace, it can destroy them. In fact, it does destroy them. [Life is a tremendous gift from God. When people live without God, it can destroy them.]
Suffering: It is when we attempt to avoid suffering by withdrawing from anything that might involve hurt that we drift into a life of emptiness, in which there may be almost no pain, but the dark sensation of meaninglessness and abandonment is all the greater. [A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what ships are built for.]
War: Ridding society of God rids society of peace. Without God, we don’t have peace. Peace comes with love of God and neighbor [A secular world will always have wars]
God: When wondering if God could be a sadist, C S Lewis realized that a sadist would not be capable of creating beautiful things like flowers, or giving us simple pleasures like sunsets to watch, or providing for our needs. Those goods are completely outside the grasp of someone who only enjoys the pain of others; the Creator cannot imagine the good and the beautiful without already being good and beautiful. Lewis saw that the world is a harmonious wonder and a beautiful mystery despite the pain and suffering present here. [Something created resembles its creator. The universe is good and beautiful and true (i.e. real and not deceptive), so God must be good and beautiful and true. The faults in our universe are not God’s fault but the fault of demons and men.]
Human Nature: If we refuse to love God and neighbor, then we are denying our very nature as a person. We are denying the very thing that will fulfill us and answer our deepest desires. In that case, we set ourselves up for hell. [Human nature seeks to know the good, the beautiful and the true, and then to do what is good, beautiful and true.]
Human Nature: God created the human person with a strong desire and instinct for Him as the source of fulfillment. [Men have a great need for the good, the beautiful and the true]
Reality: Our world is indeed broken - but not broken beyond repair. [Our world contains far more goodness and beauty than evil and ugliness.]
The whole point of this book is that life is a wonderful gift, so choose life.