EWTN Catholic Q&A
end of life issue
Question from Anonymous on 04-26-2013:

I know that the Catholic Church forbids suicide, but is it a sin to give up on the will to live?

Answer by Judie Brown on 04-30-2013:

Dear Anonymous

That is described by the Curch as being overcome by a spirit of despair.

The Catechism says this:

The first commandment is also concerned with sins against hope, namely, despair and presumption:

By despair, man ceases to hope for his personal salvation from God, for help in attaining it or for the forgiveness of his sins. Despair is contrary to God's goodness, to his justice - for the Lord is faithful to his promises - and to his mercy.

When we feel like giving up it is then that we should turn to Christ and seek His face.

The Catechism teaches http://www.scborromeo.org: "In their religious behavior, however, men also display the limits and errors that disfigure the image of God in them:

"Very often, deceived by the Evil One, men have become vain in their reasonings, and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and served the creature rather than the Creator. Or else, living and dying in this world without God, they are exposed to ultimate despair."

In other words, when tempted to give up by the devil, we must hasten to God and ask for His help.

Judie Brown