CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 19 August 2017

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How can we encourage a friend who has lost hope?

Giving them encouragement is essential. I will encourage him or her to hold to God. Let that person understand that there is no problem that can never be solved. We just need to be patient.
 — Gemma Belarmino
 
 
I had a best friend who felt so depressed and hopeless with life. What I did was challenge him to go back to the hands of the Lord, because God’s grace and mercy are beyond limit and his love is unconditional.
When you feel like giving up, you are missing out on what God has to offer. Don’t give up! Know that you are not alone. God will provide strength for us when we need it. Whatever it is you’re going through, others have gone through it before you. No situation can defeat you if you don’t let it and don’t use your situation to add fuel to your own fire.
 — Josie Caramat
 
 
I can help friends by encouraging them to move on despite the bad experiences they have encountered. I remind them to remain strong and calm so that they will not think of destroying themselves. Try to invite them to go to the church to pray and join some Church groups so that they will be inspired and they can feel the presence of Our Lord.
 — Andrea Copina
 
 
I need her to open up. I need to get to know more so that I can take any appropriate action like sharing some stuff on how I solved my own problem. I need to give her some positive thoughts and show her that life is not as easy as we want it to be, but it is full of happiness, sorrow, and excitement and all we have to do is to deal with it.
 — Rosemarie Ducusin
 
 
We need to comfort friends feeling at loss by understanding them and letting them know that many people love them. Encourage them to just open their heart and mind to accept their situation and be strong enough to face the world. Don’t pity them as it will not help. Invite them to relaxing places to divert their attention. To encourage people losing hope we need to give motivation. Encourage them to never think negative.
 — Maricel Escubin
 
 
I give encouragement to friends who share with me when they are feeling low. It is important that the morale of the person is strengthened. Sometimes I quote a biblical passage or pray with them. I am attentive to what they say and make them feel my sincerity by being there for them.
 — Lea Juliano
 
 
Show that she is important to you. Take her to a peaceful place to show that the world is a wonderful place to live in. Teach her to meditate. Bring her to people that have a positive outlook on life. Let her talk about her problems without interrupting her. Allow her to release the burden inside her. Look for the solution to the problem. Do what she likes together, such as sport or going to beach. As much as possible see that she is not left alone. Show kindness and care.
 — Rosemarie Rosaldo
 
 
As a Christian I am a good listener to my friends. I make my friends feel that I understand what they are undergoing. I will remind her to be strong and that all things happen for a reason. Just be courageous.
 — Cynthia Villano
 
 
Listen to her problems and help in a way we are able to. Be compassionate and give comfort in times of trouble. Share some inspirational words of God. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
— Myra Yumol