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Hundreds of Suicidal Teens Sleep in ERs Every Night

Last spring, a 15-year-old girl was rushed by her parents to the emergency department at Boston Children’s Hospital. She had marks on both wrists ...


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Strong Link Between Church Attendance and Health

Dr. Tyler J. Vanderweele, an epidemiology professor at Harvard, spent a decade researching how regular church attendance impacted health care workers. ...


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Man Buried with 'Tools for His Escape'

When someone requests a grave with a view, it’s usually a plot overlooking a valley or an ocean—not an actual window down to the casket underground. ...


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MIT Professor on Our Yearning for Immortality

American physicist and author Alan Lightman is a professor at MIT. He contemplates the day of his daughter’s wedding:

It was a perfect picture of ...

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A Carol for the Despairing

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, later set to music. It was written over the Christmas of either ...


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The Eternal Silence of Infinite Space

Launched in 2016, the $100 million search for intelligent extraterrestrial life, “Breakthrough Listen,” continues to come up empty, as do ...


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Cups of Tea Save 160 Suicidal People

Don Ritchie has lived beside a cliff used for suicidal jumps for 50 years. Every time someone approaches the cliff, he goes out to make sure they don’t ...


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How a Hippie Became a Presbyterian Pastor

In CT magazine, Gregory E. Reynolds, shares how he went from being a hippie to a pastor:

I grew up in a liberal Congregational church. During my junior ...

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Passerby Talks Suicidal Man Down from Edge of Bridge

Anthony Brown was driving across a bridge over Interstate 40 when he spotted a stranger in distress. Brown said, “My first thought was I needed ...


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During Depression, Faith Reminded Him How to Live

Michael Gerson, a former presidential speechwriter, delivered a sermon at Washington National Cathedral in which he talked about being hospitalized for ...


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