Monday, May 24, 2010

Principles and Practices - May 25

Loneliness in Suffering

When despair threatens and the heart is full to overflowing, one is driven to confiding in others, to seek companionship.

A friend or confidant is sought before whom one can pour out his troubles, in whom one finds sympathy, consolation, and encouragement.

What balm for the heart at such a time if you find a friend in whose eyes the light of sympathy shines and who whispers consolingly; 'Be of good cheer; I will stick to you and share your burden.'

How much lighter the load becomes if one finds such sympathetic help, and how much heavier if one is compelled to struggle alone, or, seeking a friend, is rewarded with a cold, unresponsive glance or empty words!

-Rev. A. Huounder, S.J.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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