My God, I adore You, and I love You with all my heart. I thank you for having created me, made me a Christian, and preserved me this night. I offer You the actions of this day. Grant that all of them may be in accordance with Your holy Will and for Your greater glory. Protect me from sin and from all evil. Let Your grace be always with me and with all my dear ones. Amen.
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.
The feeling of internal hollowness and detachment from others, with nowhere to turn or nobody who understands us can be painful. This desolation called loneliness is different to being alone. When we opt to set ourselves apart, we provide ourselves with occasions for personal discernment, self-examination and life-readjustment. Being temporarily adrift by choice contributes to our betterment when we avail of a retreat or take a walk on a deserted beach. Loneliness, on the other hand, can be unexpectedly thrust upon us through bereavement, or it can be a gradual separation of ourselves from others. In whichever way we experience such isolation, our spiritual sustenance is in the Eucharist.
Saint Paul tells us that we are members of the body of Christ. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it. When we are aware and do nothing to assuage another's loneliness, can we call ourselves Christian? If our sympathetic words for another's isolation are disingenuous or glib, we are no better than Job's Comforters. God gifted us with each other to dispel loneliness. We are created to be sociable and to handle, with much tenderness, the soul of every person we meet.
The influential Christian writer, Clive Staples Lewis, held that God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains. The Lord vies for our attention, particularly in the testing times of acute loneliness. Our God is not a fair-weather friend. In our cri de coeur directed to heaven, our God of love and compassion is always near. He hears and heeds us. In heartfelt prayer, silent or vocal, there is no loneliness.
O Lord, all my longing is known to you; my sighing is not hidden from you. Ps.38:9