Father Alar, Jason Lewis, and After Suicide have provided those of us who are suicide bereaved and have faith with the kind of hope we’ve craved ever since our devastating loss. No other book exists to help those who are struggling with their experience of loss — or, perhaps, struggled with suicidal thoughts and feelings — within the context of their faith. It is a majestic effort of love to all who have lost a loved one to suicide and a tribute to Fr. Alar’s grandmother.
Dr. Melinda Moore
While there are many books offering help regarding suicide, Fr. Chris Alar and Jason Lewis have dared to deal with such a tough and very sensitive subject in a way few others have: from the perspective of Church teaching and from the aspect of spirituality, which many abandon or fail to see in the midst of such a tragedy. After Suicide is deeply charged in scholarly research, but is quite readable. For all those needing depth and convincing affirmation in their devotion to Divine Mercy, this is the book to read. I won’t be surprised if you, too, will be awakened by your own personal “epiphany of hope,” as I personally was while reading this work. There is hope because God’s mercy is greater than any sin — even suicide. As such, this book is a “must read” and I could not recommend it more highly.
Cardinal Soane Mafi
This is a “must” book. Like no other, it fills a terribly deep need with a terribly deep clarity, charity, and wisdom borrowed from the saints, and without the slightest sentimentality, patronizing, or condescension but also without the slightest deviation from orthodoxy. Fr. Alar shares with us the real teaching of the Church and her saints and theologians about suicides, which is startlingly and life-changingly different from what you probably thought it was.
Father Chris Alar, MIC, is a member of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, the religious community entrusted with spreading the message and devotion of Divine Mercy. He wrote and produced the popular “Divine Mercy 101” DVD, and is an international speaker and a regular host and guest on EWTN. He also hosts the online “Divine Mercy Matters” series at DivineMercyMatters.org. He currently serves as “Fr. Joseph, MIC,” the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, and is the head of Marian Press, located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, home of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.
Jason Lewis, MIC, is a member of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception and directs the Special Projects department for the Marian Helpers Center. He has delivered theological reflections on EWTN’s 13-part series “The Cenacle of Divine Mercy II” and “EWTN Live.” He has made numerous radio appearances and delivered talks around the country on the Blessed Virgin Mary and the message of the Divine Mercy. Jason completed his STL coursework at Catholic University of America and is conducting his thesis research on Divine Mercy and its intrinsic relationship to the Paschal Mystery. He has a master’s degree in theology from Catholic University and completed his master’s work in philosophy at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Many give up hope for those who have committed suicide and believe their souls are lost. This pamphlet explains why you should never give up on them - and what you should do instead.
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