I received a request from one of our students this morning: could we pray for a hometown friend who committed suicide? We are very careful about naming people (I was sent the name) in the prayers of the faithful. Lacking the person’s approval (or a family’s, in the case of death), we don’t do it. I added the following petition to the line-up:
For those who have succumbed to inner darkness, especially those who have committed suicide, we pray.
Earlier this summer, “rape” was flagged as an inappropriate word for a liturgical audience that included children. Do you think “suicide” deserves the same treatment?