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Loneliness: Why Does People feel lonely?

April 15, 2013


I shouted  my Facebook account last December 26, 2010 that “I felt alone.” After welcoming the long awaited season of joy and peace, after my whole family celebrated together at the table with Noche Buena. Here I was, left in the midst of the desert. I was feeling lonely despite in the midst of the crowd. It seems that no one can hear me shouting. While serving the Masses in our
Parish, I was able to ask myself: “Was the heart of Christ lonely?” The four Gospels gave us common pictures of Jesus that He always slipped off by himself into the hills to pray. There He could hear the sounds of life coming up from the small towns and villages, so like His own Nazareth. Did the sounds make Him lonely?    There are few sounds in our human experience more evocative, more mood-creating that the sounds of loneliness. According to Joan Kavanaugh, a doctor of ministry and director of the Riverside Church pastoral counseling center, she gives us the common descriptions and effects of loneliness. It is a sleepless night that never ends, spent in front of the telephone that never rings, waiting for a Sun that never comes up. It can leave us drained, defeated, weary, and depressed.


It can also rob the motivation of the person. Kavanaugh says that there is no reason to feel ashamed. Loneliness is a normal, even an expected part of a full life.

Moreover, loneliness is a cry. Loneliness is the testing ground for the spirit. Loneliness is a desert that has to be crossed. It has its risks and terrors, but it also provides us with an open horizon in which we can discover the shape and direction of our personal pilgrimage. Out of loneliness can come growth and depressed sensitivity to life.

Despite that the world may have become a global village because of the Internet and mobile phones, but many still deals with loneliness and emotional distress that may worsen of someone’s life. The research, suggests that chronic loneliness belong among health risk factors such as smoking, obesity or lack of exercise.

Now, once we understand this, once we understand what causes of loneliness, we can take steps to find our way out.  Loneliness, above all, reveals the transcendent mystery at the heart of our lives, an infinite longing for a final reunion.  As St. Augustine found out, “My heart is restless ‘till it rest in Him.” Loneliness teach us that this kind of restlessness, this insatiable emptiness, this infinite need that no human love can satisfy, can only be filled by an infinite, loving God.

After meditation on loneliness before the Blessed Sacrament, I would like to share with you this learning that God allows us to go through loneliness because it teaches us how much we need Him. So, when the time you feel alone. You should be grateful because loneliness are an opportunity for us to go deeper into ourselves through prayer. It may draw us closer to God.

 

 

Metanoia

April 13, 2013

Some people are walking on the streets and cry-out, “Ibagsak ang mga capitalismo, consumirismo, materialismo, individualismo at lahat na mga ismo.” But first and foremost, we forget to pull down, the akomismo, Ikawmismo, at tayomismo. According to John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” It is our responsibility to do something for our country. We should not be slaved by our own selves by doing what we want to do. Freedom mean...


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Why Do People Fear Death

April 8, 2013

Have you ever wondered why do people fear to death?  As I watch the film, “After Life” I come to realize that I have feared to death also because of unpreparedness.  Anna Taylor (Christina Ricci) and Paul Coleman (Justin Long), are an uneasy couple that argue often, largely due to both of their relationships with Anna’s mother.  After a misunderstanding at dinner of Paul’s big promotion and an impending move to Chicago, Anna storms out of the restaurant.  She suffers a horrible car ac...


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CDUH Speech

October 25, 2012

“This is my testimonial speech at Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital’s during the symposium about the Kidney Transplantation Awareness.”

  

There’s this boy, I know. A decade ago he could not have imagined surviving in the difficulties of life. Who was he anyway but a homebody kid, and at his young age he struggle against poverty. Who was he anyway a tiny but optimistic boy. Despite struggling to make a living, he continues to dream and move on. What a positive philosophy he has. ...


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Insane Follower

October 25, 2012

By Marcelino Arcilla Rapayla Jr.

 

Some people say, “Are you insane?” And some others say, “You’re too old enough to enter.”

Despite this, I entered the seminary and quit from my stable job. It’s true that if you want to follow Jesus Christ you’ll become foolish person, in the context of leaving all the worldly possessions for the formation and being dictated by that almighty bell for the day’s tasks in the seminary.

I experienced misunderstanding with my young fellow semi...


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