Understanding her son’s pain

Posted October 25, 2014 at 12:00 am

(Second in a Series)

By Debbie Shelley 

The Catholic Commentator

Lisa Carmena found her son, John Nathan, in his bedroom of their Greenwell Springs home after he took his life on March 31, 2009. He left a note telling his parents how much he loved them, thanked them for the best 14 years of his life and expressed his gratitude for the love and support he had received. But he then wrote the words that left many questions in her mind, “But I just can’t take it anymore.”

Carmena said her son was far from what people think of as a teen who is at risk of committing suicide. While, like most teenagers his age, Nathan liked the privacy of his room, he had a good relationship with his family and many in his church and community. He was “a friend to everyone” and was never bullied. He was a graduate of St. Alphonsus

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    The Catholic Commentator

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    Poverty and violence caused by organized crime and drug cartels compel many unaccompanied children to make the treacherous trip from Central and South America to the United States, where some hope to reunite with their families. Photo by CNS”

     

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    The Catholic Commentator

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    Understanding her son’s pain

    Posted October 17, 2014 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    Lisa Carmena found her son, John Nathan, in his bedroom of their Greenwell Springs home after

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    Posted October 17, 2014 at 12:00 am

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    The Catholic Commentator

    Kristen Ashworth’s grandparents always had a rosary in hand.

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    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

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    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

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    Posted January 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Organist’s home reflection of his heart

    By Barbara Chenevert

    The Catholic Commentator

    If every item in his home has a story to tell, then Robbie Giroir has a lot to talk about. Musician, teacher, pilot and collector extraordinaire, Giroir’s home is a thumbprint of his life,

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