Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
There is so much loneliness in the world! Whether I am living or working in isolation, rubbing shoulders on a crowded street or sitting in a family room, waves of loneliness can drown me at anytime, making me question my very existence. All it takes to break through this loneliness is the connecting and hospitable regard of someone who welcomes me, if even for a moment, into their heart. Responding hospitably to the glance of strangers, to prisoners of all kinds, to those being tortured by traumatic circumstances, and to our close family members often requires the special graces of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Am I willing to open my eyes and my heart to the deep loneliness in the people around me and be hospitable to them, welcoming them into my heart no matter how briefly? Am I prepared to entertain the angels in our midst? Holy Spirit, help me be hospitable to all.
“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, Lord, do I seek. Do not hide your face from me. (Psalm 27:8,9)
To be lonely is to feel unwanted and unloved and therefore unlovable. Loneliness is a taste of death. No wonder some people who are desperately lonely lose themselves in mental illness or violence to forget the inner pain.
Jean Vanier in Becoming Human
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.