Never Give Up: My Life and God's Mercy

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A personal testimony of gratitude to God who has sustained me throughout my confused, distracted, and often difficult life. —From the Introduction

Some human suffering can't be "fixed." Maybe yours is like that, or maybe you have a family member or friend in that situation. John Janaro's been there—in fact, still is there. His struggles with debilitating illness, chronic depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder could easily bring on a ...

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Overview


A personal testimony of gratitude to God who has sustained me throughout my confused, distracted, and often difficult life. —From the Introduction

Some human suffering can't be "fixed." Maybe yours is like that, or maybe you have a family member or friend in that situation. John Janaro's been there—in fact, still is there. His struggles with debilitating illness, chronic depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder could easily bring on a massive case of self-pity, but Janaro has found a better way to live.

If you're thinking of retreating into your private world of pain—or if you know someone who has—Never Give Up will help you see how God's fidelity, the small wonders of daily life, a dose of humor, and the simple kindness of others can bring light into the darkness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867169294
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 163
  • Sales rank: 539,435
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


JOHN JANARO is associate professor emeritus of theology at Christendom College, and currently a writer, researcher, and lecturer on topics related to religion and the humanities. He is a member of the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation and a frequent contributor to Magnificat magazine. He and his wife, Eileen, live in Virginia with their five children
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 In the Valley of the Shadow: A History of My Illness 1

Chapter 1 Bang! 3

Chapter 2 My Visible Illness 5

Chapter 3 My Invisible Illness 12

Chapter 4 The Cloud 18

Chapter 5 Stuck Inside My Head 24

Chapter 6 A Prayer: Crying Out in Pain From Body and Brain 29

Part 2 Suffering Day by Day 31

Chapter 7 Wake Up 33

Chapter 8 My Day? 36

Chapter 9 God's Day 38

Chapter 10 A Reflection: I Want to Go Outside 42

Chapter 11 In the Hands of God 45

Chapter 12 Praying the Promise 55

Chapter 13 A Sack of Potatoes Needs You 58

Chapter 14 Prayers in Sickness and Distress 62

Chapter 15 God's People, My People 66

Chapter 16 The Lament 69

Chapter 17 Offering Is Not Easy 79

Part 3 Jesus Christ in a Suffering World 87

Chapter 18 Listen to Your Heart 89

Chapter 19 Redeemer of Man: A Meditation 93

Chapter 20 Christian Communion 96

Chapter 21 Ask! 101

Chapter 22 Family and Friends 106

Chapter 23 Family Prayers 112

Chapter 24 Little Things 119

Chapter 25 God's Love Is Real 123

Chapter 26 Prayer of Trust 131

Part 4 Lord, Teach Us to Pray 135

Chapter 27 The School of Prayer 136

Chapter 28 All Things Are Possible 140

Chapter 29 The Mother of God 142

Chapter 30 A Meditation on Entrusting Ourselves Totally to Mary 146

Chapter 31 The Eucharist 150

Chapter 32 Reflections on the Mystery of the Eucharist 155

Conclusion 161

Notes 163

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    The spiritual side of debilitating illness

    John Janaro's Never Give Up is a blessing for those who suffer from debilitating illness and the important people in their lives. The author is a family man and professional writer and teacher who battles the ongoing effects of Lyme disease, chronic depression, and obsessive/compulsive disorder. Although the book is filled with examples of spiritual challenges and comforts derived from deep trust in God's mercy, it does not shy away from human tendencies toward bitterness, self-pity, and a "Why me?" attitude.

    "One thing I have learned is that suffering does not automatically make one a better person," Janaro writes. Instead, it can bring about a host of negative attitudes, including the feeling that God is "distant, unresponsive to prayer, and even cold." Never Give Up contains a mix of personal stories and practical suggestions for reliance on God's mercy and love to deal with the effects of debilitating illness.

    In the part on day-to-day suffering Janaro advises healthy, able people not to undervalue time spent with those who are ill. "Cheering up" does no harm and can sometimes be helpful, even for those who are clinically depressed. Visitors need not try to solve problems or entertain, but they can be consistent about showing up and standing by. "In human things, time and presence are the media of love," Janaro writes. "If when you leave he is sulking, you have not failed." Come again, and bring along something to occupy your attention. Whether you are reading a magazine or cleaning out your wallet, staying is an act of love.

    A chapter on lamentation contrasts the grumbling of the Israelites in the desert with laments that permeate the psalms. Hungry and thirsty, the chosen people don't ask for food and water, but grumble about God's leading them out of Egypt. On the other hand, the prophet Jeremiah expresses woe at being publicly humiliated and tortured for his prophesies, yet he trusts in God and continues in obedience. The grumble is a complaint; the lament is a prayer.

    Janaro sees prayer not as a dialogue, but as a conversation initiated by God. He also suggests that we turn to Mary, the Holy Spirit, and the Church to teach us to pray. He offers a meditation on entrusting ourselves totally to Mary, which reads, in part "I cry out to you with all my afflictions. / Help me, Holy Virgin. / Heal the afflictions of my body. / Free me from the prison of fear. / Obtain for me the true freedom for which my spirit yearns."

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