Every year Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI writes a column on suicide, “hoping it might help produce more understanding around the issue and, in a small way perhaps, offer some consolation to those who have lost a loved one in this way.”
In this year’s essay he begins by reflecting on the death in 2016 of Father Virgilio Elizondo. Fr. Elizondo was not only “just a very gifted, pioneering theologian, he was also a beloved priest and a warm, trusted friend to countless people,” Fr. Rolheiser writes. “Sadly,” he continues, “and this is generally the case when anyone dies by suicide, the manner of that death becomes a prism through which his or her life and work are now seen, colored, and permanently tainted.”
Father Ron then lists a number of points that need to be said again and again about suicide. A link to his very informative column is below. As ministers his words are important to heed.
Father Rolheiser is president of Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. He received NFPC’s 2016 Touchstone Award. Fr. Elizondo received NFPCs Touchstone Award in 1992.
For Fr. Rolheiser’s entire column, click here.