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Facing despair

Don't do it alone  trust in Christ, turn to community

In the 14th century in Germany a nun named Ita von Hohenfels used to cut herself with knives because she believed that human nature was worthless and that God could not possibly have shared it in Jesus.

Download a study guide for this article In the 21st century in the U.S., a high-school girl cuts herself with whatever tool is available because it’s the only way she knows how to cope with overwhelming negative feelings triggered by some event.

Young men and women who cut themselves often want to make tangible and visible the pain that they can’t define or express.

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