Caregiver Spirituality

Caregiver Spirituality

We hope you find the resources helpful and are enriched by the support and spiritual encouragement they include. 

These resources will be changed and updated at the beginning of every month so that you will have access to new inspirational and informational ideas. Please feel free to contact us with  any questions, comments or concerns. Know that we are praying for all the caregivers as they continue to balance their lives and caregiving.

God’s blessings and peace,
Andrea Hoisl, Director of the Office of Faith Events


The Role of Spirituality in a Caregiver’s Life
    When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, "Woman, here is your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Here is your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.                                                  &...

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What a Sick Person Needs, Besides Medical Care, is Love
"The pleas of gravely ill persons who sometimes ask for death are not to be understood as implying a true desire for euthanasia; in fact it is almost always a case of an anguished plea for help and love. What a sick person needs, besides medical care, is love, the human and supernatural warmth with which the sick person can and ought to be surrounded by those close to him or her, parents and children, doctors and nurses."[283]     The sick person who feels surrounded by a loving human and Christian presence does not give way to depression and ang...

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Beloved St. John, from the cross Jesus entrusted to you the care of His Blessed Mother. Help me and all those taking care of a loved one who is sick, elderly, disabled or frail. Pray for us, that as we go about our many caregiving duties, we may never lose sight of that truth which Christ revealed to His disciples: "Whatever you did for one of these, you did for Me." Amen.   Loading…

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For You: Caregiver Prayer

Posted on February 06, 2018 in: Caregiver Spirituality

In the Book of Matthew we read…Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light. MATTHEW 11:28-30 Loving Father you are the HEALER OF SOULS AND COMFORTER OF THE WEARY, HELP TO LIGHTEN THE BURDEN OF all of us who are caring for physically and mentally ill loved ones. Accompany us on the tumultuous journey and ease the anxiety and fear that has become part of our everyday lives, as a caregiver. Surround us with the love and strength of ...

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"When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple there whom He loved, He said to His mother, 'Woman, behold your son. Then He said to the disciple,'Behold, your mother.' And from that hour the disciple took her into his home."--John 19:26-27

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It’s become common to incorrectly use the term Alzheimer’s to describe all kinds of dementia. Dementia is the loss of memory and the ability to think, to solve problems, and to use reason. It affects memory, intelligence, judgment, language, and behavior. There are a number of subcategories under this broad term, including Alzheimer’s, multi-infarct dementia (which is stroke-related), senile dementia, and alcohol-related dementia. Historically, all the types of dementia were called “senility.” An older person with some form of dementia “became senile.” Certainly your carerece...

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Depression and Suicide

Posted on November 04, 2017 in: Caregiver Spirituality

If your loved one is suffering from depression—and is not just “down in the dumps” for a while—he or she can’t “will it” away. Your care-receiver can’t simply decide, “I’m not going to be depressed anymore.” Research shows that depression often has a physiological and emotional basis and is treatable. Then, too, with all your responsibilities, you yourself might be vulnerable to depression. Among the commonly accepted signs of depression are: A persistently sad, anxious, or empty mood Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, and apathy Feelings of w...

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Care giving can be a very rewarding experience, as we want to give our love and support to a family member or friend. It can also drain our energy when we are called to give a lot of our time, especially if also working or caring for children at home. It is important to find time and ways to be renewed in health, energy and peace of mind. Maintaining an active spiritual life is one way to find much needed renewal and strength while being a caregiver to a loved one. Here are some suggestions for ways to develop or maintain spiritual strength: 1. You’re Not in This Alone: Seek Support: There are many support groups ...

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A Caregiver's Prayer for an Aging Parent Heavenly Father, help me better understand and believe I can do what you ask me to do. Forgive me for the times, even now, when I question your judgment. As I go about the many daily tasks of caregiving, give me energy. As I watch my loved one oh-so-slowly walk across the room, give me strength. As I answer his/her repeated question just one more time, give me patience. As I look for solutions to whatever is the most recent concern, give me wisdom. As I reminisce with him/her about the “good old days,” give me a moment of laughter. As I get to kn...

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by Barry J. Jacobs, AARP, January 9, 2017 As a 24/7 caregiver for her mother, my 52-year-old patient — I'll call her Becca — gets little rest. At night, lying on the couch next to her mother's hospital bed, she is jolted awake by her mom's frequent cries of pain and confused conversation with people who aren't there. During the day, she catnaps fitfully in the chair next to her mother's recliner as the TV blares. Becca jokes that the bags under her eyes have bags. What's worse is that her health is being jeopardized by chronic sleep deprivation. She has gained weight, and her blood...

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Spirituality Sites

An On-line Retreat
An online retreat with daily prayers and reflections at this site.
Creighton University has an on-line ministry
by Fr. Larry Gillick S.J. 

Daily Prayers
Sacred Space

Description of prayer in the Catechism

The Vatican
This is the official site from the Vatican and features the history, proclamations and doctrines of the Catholic Church.

Caregiver Resources

Catholic Caregivers
An online caregiver community and resources for parishes and dioceses

Catholic Charities USA
(703) 549-1390

Catholic Health Association of the United States
National headquarters: (314) 427-2500
Washington office: (202) 296-3993

Catholic Information Network

Catholic Medical Association
(781) 455-0259

Catholic News Service
(202) 541-3250

Catholic Online
(661) 869-1000

Creighton University Online Ministries

Online Retreat

Friends of St. John the Caregiver
Catholic organization promoting care for the caregiver

Knights of Columbus
(203) 752-4000

National Association of Catholic Chaplains
(414) 483-4898

National Catholic Bioethics Center
(215) 877-2660
The mission of this autonomous entity, formerly the Pope John XXIII Medical-Moral Research and Education Center, is to safeguard the dignity of the human person through research, education, publishing, and consultation in the medical and life sciences.

New Advent Catholic Supersite

Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care
The council is in charge of coordinating the activities of the different dicasteries of the Roman Curia as they relate to the health-care sector and its problems. It spreads, explains, and defends the teachings of the church on health issues and favors the church’s involvement in health-care practice.

Sacred Space
This daily prayer site is produced by the Irish Jesuits.

Universalis Publishing: Liturgy of the Hours

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops


Issues in Care for the Dying
(202) 541-3000


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