Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/29/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Warrens speak frankly about their spiritual struggles with Matthew's mental illness

Pastor Rick Warren took to the pulpit for the first time after the suicide of his youngest son, 27-year-old Matthew this past weekend. The Warrens' Saddleback Church in Southern California was packed to overflowing with worshipers. Both Rick and his wife Kay tackled the subject of their son's suicide head-on, as well as thanking their congregation for their ongoing love and support. 

Appearing before a standing ovation, Kay Warren began to cry, and Rick kissed her on the forehead as he too became misty-eyed.

Appearing before a standing ovation, Kay Warren began to cry, and Rick kissed her on the forehead as he too became misty-eyed.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/29/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Rick and Kay warren, death of child, suicide, Saddleback Ministry


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The last Warrant took to the pulpit had been Easter Sunday. Addressing their 20,000-member congregation, they provided a shining example of how Christians work through the midst of heart-breaking despair.

A dozen local pastors all sat in the front row in a show of support for the Warrens, along with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, producers of the hit television series, "The Bible."


Appearing before a standing ovation, Kay began to cry, and Rick kissed her on the forehead as he too became misty-eyed. 


Thanking his staff, his church, and, the hundreds of people who have supported them over the past four months. 


The Warrens were forthright about their spiritual struggles with Matthew's mental illness. "For 27 years, I prayed every day of my life for God to heal my son's mental illness. It was the No. 1 prayer of my life," Rick preached. "It just didn't make sense why this prayer was not being answered." Kay spoke of how she couldn't even read certain Scripture passages about hope for months after Matthew's death.


The Warrens spoke publicly about how they found out that Matthew had died. On the morning of April 5, had a sense of foreboding concerning Matthew. At 10 a.m., Rick was at the doctor's office. The two of them went to Matthew's house to check on him, where the front door was locked. Their worst fears were confirmed after the police were called.


Biblical passages from the prophet Isaiah - "When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown" - and from the Apostle Paul - "God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others," have given the Warrens strength in their time of sorrow.


Rick Warren has a since made a solemn vow that his ministry next big push will be to remove the stigma associated with mental illness in the church. "Your illness is not your identity, your chemistry is not your character," he told people struggling with mental illness. To their families, he said, "We are here for you, and we are in this together." There is hope for the future: "God wants to take your greatest loss and turn it into your greatest life message." 



---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Marriage & Family

Middle Eastern high school student suspended for using fake bomb during prom proposal Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Senior student Ibrahim Ahmad, 18, from LA Center High School, was been suspended last week for a stunt he did in school for the upcoming prom. In order to make a girl say yes to his prom date proposal, he strapped a fake bomb around his body, which caused panic among ... continue reading


Woman's 'instincts' miraculously save husband's life Watch

Image of Nicole and Scott Mayhew

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Nicole Mayhew went home immediately after experiencing a bugging feeling that her husband was in trouble. Scott Mayhew was pinned under their Ford Explorer and had been yelling for help which no one apparently heard. She arrived home right on time to save him from ... continue reading


WHO IS THAT? Mysterious 'ghost child' appears in couple's wedding photo Watch

Image of Denis' wife, Christiana had been using it as her profile picture on Facebook before a friend pointed out the ghostly face hidden between them.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, some elements of a picture become known only long afterwards. A couple in Virginia had the fact pointed out to them that a macabre "photo bomber" lurks on their favorite wedding photo. The person appears to be a child, a ... continue reading


When culture no longer cares about marriage, family, everyone suffers, Pope says Watch

Image of The second of two talks on the complementary nature of men and women, Pope Francis says that the Book of Genesis shows how God created the heavens and earth, and then a special creature made in his likeness to care and watch over the earth.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis, in a homily earlier this week said that a culture that does not value "the stable and life-giving covenant between a man and woman is certainly a loss for everyone. We must bring honor back to marriage and the family." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Criminal family raises money for daughter's fake terminal illness Watch

Image of Neighbors alerted police officials of suspicious GoFundMe page.

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

After a family falsely claimed their three-year-old daughter suffers from a dangerous heart disease, a family friend posted a page on the GoFundMe website for their support. The family trio from Marietta, Georgia is now arrested and faces charges of felony conspiracy. ... continue reading


Mother murdered and baby abducted after Indiana woman poses as social worker Watch

Image of Jones' family members stated Jones told them she had been pregnant with twins and one died.

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Horrific reports have come out that a woman, claiming to be a social worker, went to an apartment in Indiana where a newly-born child and her mother resided, with means to take the baby away. However, the woman was found to have never even worked in the child-welfare ... continue reading


Toddler's vivid nightmares suggest mother's death was not an accident Watch

Image of Natali Castellanos-Tyler was killed in what originally was believed to be a single-car car accident.

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Natali Castellanos-Tyler was involved in a single car accident after losing control of her Ford explorer and hitting a tree that resulted in her death, according to police back in February. However, her husband has observed their young daughter screaming about a ... continue reading


New breast cancer cases in the U.S. predicted to double by 2030 Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Recent government research projected an increase of new breast cancer cases up to 50 percent by 2030, as well as a change on its age distribution. The current statistic is one in every eight women will develop the disease during her lifetime. The surge will definitely ... continue reading


Elementary school under fire for transgender kindergarten lesson Watch

Image of Jazz Jennings grew up transgender and turned her story into a children's book.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Allowing young kids to read books about something controversial is considered by most as one aggressive move. Recently, in Mitchell Primary School, school officials publicly stated their apology for allowing kindergarten through third grade students to read a book ... continue reading


Inside the rebellious mind: MRI scans record teenagers' brain activity when trying to rebel and separate from parents Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new study suggests that rebelliousness is triggered with teenagers' desire to separate from their parents in pursuing individuality. With the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), psychologists were able to track the brain activity of 22 teenagers responding to ... continue reading


All Marriage & Family News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 11:19-26
19 Those who had scattered because of the persecution ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 87:1-3, 4-5, 6-7
1 [Of the sons of Korah Psalm Song] With its ... Read More

Gospel, John 10:22-30
22 It was the time of the feast of Dedication in ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 28th, 2015 Image

St. Peter Chanel
April 28: In St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (Feast day - April 28) ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter