Those of you who may have found this site by searching the word lonely have found the right place. You are among friends here. This website is not a cold electronic virtual reality. It was created by real hands (and may I say hands which can barely type).We have been waiting for you...the lonely. We have prayed that you might find your way here.
Today I heard a story of a women who jumped off the Hartford Hospital parking garage to her death yesterday at 1:00PM. The priest who shared this story with us at daily Mass was called to speak to the family. He is often called when these type of things occur as he works with many hospitals in the area. He told us he speaks to so many people everyday who are lonely, that loneliness is so common these days.
For weeks we have been praying that we the children's rosary group would be the extended hands of Our Blessed Mother and her Son. We believe in faith that these prayers are heard. The Lord in His generosity is showing us right where to begin. The lonely who may be right in front of us or half way around the world sitting at a computer. These people are aching to be found aching to have a hand reach out to them, drowning in loneliness. We are that hand here for you. Take our hand and know you are not alone. If you are local join us for our monthly prayer meeting. If you are not then join together with our prayers the second Sunday of the month from 9:45-10:15 EST. Tell the Lord in your heart that you want to be part of our group and all of our novenas to the growing list of saints will include you. Email us any of your petitions and we will pray with you and for you (petitions can be emailed to email@example.com). Whoever you are that is reading this know you are important to Our Lord but you are also important to us.
Mother Theresa often spoke of those sick from loneliness. She encountered a man living alone in a dirty old shed. She went to his home to help him. She found his lamp and it was dirty. She told him they should clean it and fill it with oil as it could be lit when a friend might come to visit. He shared with Mother Theresa that he had no friends so their was no use in cleaning the lamp. Mother cleaned it and proceeded to visit this man for some time. Mother became ill and one of her sisters stopped by the mans home to check on him. He inquired as to why Mother Theresa was not there and her sisters told him she was ill. The Man told them to tell her his lamp was lit.
Mother Theresa known for tending the sick found those suffering from loniless to be in the most need.
The first reading from Mass today was James (2:14-17). What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them. "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
A new initiative for the children's rosary is under development. It is my prayer that some of our children will begin visiting a local nursing home to lead a rosary. It is also a prayer of mine that we may be able to have prayer buddies. An elderly person will be paired with a child and they can each pray for each other. More information to follow....
|photo taken at St. Thomas Church by Monique d'auteuil|