Tag: Depression

How can I be joyful?

How can I be joyful?

| Father Michael Schmitz | January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. This time of the year is difficult for me. I have so much uncertainty and pain in my life, and the holidays often only remind me of my suffering and loneliness. How can a person actually have joy in a world like this?

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How do we find freedom amidst suffering?

How do we find freedom amidst suffering?

| Father Michael Schmitz | June 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I don’t understand how I am free. I didn’t choose to exist. I’m stuck here. I didn’t choose to have anxiety and depression. I’m stuck. Life is not worth it. If God is so good, why doesn’t he do something? Why doesn’t he give me an answer?

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Spiritual preparation can make retirement happier

Spiritual preparation can make retirement happier

| Bridget Ryder | September 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Retirement is great — but then, sometimes it’s not. While many retirees gladly turn off the lights in their offices and never look back, others find the transition from regular work difficult, even to the point of inciting anxiety and depression. Research has found that many retirees experience an initial boost in health and happiness after retirement that is followed a few years later by dissatisfaction and declining health.

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Letting God love us, no matter what

Letting God love us, no matter what

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q. I sometimes get so down on myself. Even though I want to do good, I keep messing up. The problem is, I know that it is my own fault, so I feel bad about asking God for help.

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Overheard – May 8, 2014

Overheard – May 8, 2014

“Be sure to remember this: Read a passage of the Gospel every day and go to Communion every Sunday to receive Jesus. Don’t forget! When you are sad, pick up the word of God. When you’re feeling down, pick up the word of God and go to Sunday Mass to take Communion, to participate in the mystery of Jesus.”

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Suicide struggle: Speaker uses father’s death to help others

Suicide struggle: Speaker uses father’s death to help others

| April 10, 2014 | 2 Comments

John Crudele pulled out a letter he received in 1992 from a teenager in a small, Midwestern town. The beginning of the letter was cheery, but the words turned dark when the young girl described her troubled junior high years.

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Pastor endured similar tragedy in his own family

Pastor endured similar tragedy in his own family

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

When Father Jon Vander Ploeg, pastor of St. Paul in Ham Lake, was notified that Teresa Gross had committed suicide on Nov. 1, 2010, he knew what the family was going through.

Five years before that, his family had endured a similar tragedy when his brother, Mark, committed suicide.

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Tragedy transformed

Tragedy transformed

| October 26, 2011 | 1 Comment

As the first anniversary of their daughter’s suicide approaches, local couple feels called to help other families

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