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From the Desk of Fr. Rubey
Sunday, June 1, 2014 by Father Rubey
During the month of June we remember our Fathers on Father’s Day. It is a day that is set aside to remember our Fathers in a very special way –whether they are living or deceased. It is an especially painful day for Fathers who are grieving the loss of a child from suicide or any other form of death. It is also painful for those people who are grieving the loss of a Father from suicide or any other form of death. There will not be a gift from that person who is deceased or there will not be a gift for that Father who is deceased. The deaths are painful reminders of the permanence of the act. There will be no more gifts or cards either for or from that person who found life too painful to continue. If only death was not permanent but it is. That is the tragic effect of taking one’s life. Life is gone forever and there is no turning back or repairing. If only that loved one had given a little more thought to the ramifications of their actions. But the fact of the matter is that the pain had become so unbearable that another minute would seem like an eternity and impossible to endure for even a nanosecond. That is hard for survivors to conceive but it is the truth.
How Teens Can Grow After Loss
Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
The following is taken from a talk given at Brother Rice High School in the spring of 2013.

When you look at your life, that of an adolescent, you know that the person you are becoming has been influenced a thousand times by your parents, your siblings, your friends.  We take powerful messages, appraisals and views of life and the world into ourselves from those we most closely relate to.  We also take in reflections about how these influential friends and family members see us.  And we take note when one of these individuals recognizes our undiscovered talents or gifts.  When someone says, “I want you to be looked at by a soccer scout,” or, “I know you can make it to the regionals,” this is no small affirmation...