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“Loneliness” – The Greatest Suffering?   Leave a comment

“Loneliness” – The Greatest Suffering?
“As far as I am concerned, the greatest suffering is to feel alone, unwanted, unloved. The greatest suffering is also having no one, forgetting what an intimate, truly human relationship is, not knowing what it means to be loved, not having a family or friends.” “Loneliness is the world’s biggest problem; more people die from loneliness than from cancer, heart disease, and all the plagues that kill people in the world.”
-Mother Teresa


Posted July 31, 2017 by ouidaofs in Loneliness, Suffering

“Starry, Starry Night” Don McLean   Leave a comment

“Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)”
Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul

Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue

Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

For they could not love you
But still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight
On that starry, starry night

You took your life, as lovers often do
But I could’ve told you Vincent
This world was never meant for
One as beautiful as you

Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frame-less heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget

Like the strangers that you’ve met
The ragged men in ragged clothes
The silver thorn of bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now I think I know
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they’re not listening still
Perhaps they never will

Posted January 28, 2016 by ouidaofs in Suffering

The River Over Which Every Soul Must Pass   Leave a comment


Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dalí

And I saw the river over which every soul must pass to reach the kingdom of heaven and the name of that river was suffering and I saw a boat which carries souls across the river and the name of that boat was love.

St. John of the Cross


Drawing by St. John of the Cross

Posted November 12, 2015 by ouidaofs in Joy, Love, Peace, Suffering

May the Cross Be My Light   Leave a comment

It is with and in the Cross, no matter how heavily it may afflict us, that we attain to the truth about ourselves and others and how God works in our lives. In other words we will eventually see light through the very cross that is present in our own lives.

Suffering can purify us of so much both emotionally, spiritually, physically. It removes our defenses, our pretenses… we ultimately arrive at that poverty and nakedness that will draw God our Father to clothe us and to fill us with his love.

Of ourselves, we cannot…… but with his grace, when life is challenging, demanding, perplexing, and discouraging, we can make an act of faith and pray …

May the Cross be my light.

Pope Francis: “Make space for God’s love so He can change you.”

Source:  Poor Clare Colettines TMD, Franciscan Nuns in Wales


Posted March 18, 2015 by ouidaofs in Love, Suffering

Let Us Walk Among Them With Works of Mercy   Leave a comment

On this August morning, let us who call ourselves Christian, with a gentle and courteous spirit, “accept all people as a gift of the Lord and an image of Christ.” Church, if you are seeking to help the poor, let us individually and as churches begin in our own towns and neighborhoods. The poor – the needy – the suffering are among us and they need us every day. They need for us “to love our neighbor as ourselves.” They need for us to walk among them, distributing loaves and fishes.

Let us show charity to our neighbors with corporal works of mercy:

Feed the hungry
Give drink to the thirsty
Clothe the naked
Shelter the homeless
Visit the sick
Visit the imprisoned
Bury the dead

Let us show charity to our neighbors with spiritual works of mercy:

Admonish the sinner
Instruct the ignorant
Counsel the doubtful
Comfort the sorrowful
Bear wrongs patiently
Forgive all injuries
Pray for the living and the dead

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church on works of mercy:

2447 The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God:

“He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none and he who has food must do likewise.” [Luke 3:11] “But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, everything is clean for you.” [Luke 11:41] “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?” [James 2:15-16]

I Carry You In My Heart   2 comments

I carry you in my heart and pray that God will give you the grace to see, to know and to understand.  It is a gift.  For some it just comes; others have to ask for the gift; others neither seek nor want the gift.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”  He also said:  “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Matthew 11.

You are right.  Existing is not living, and I am glad that you want to live again.  Jesus said that he came to bring you life and to bring it more abundantly.

You were created out of great love by God and made in his image.  He created all of us with a great vacuum in our souls and hearts, an emptiness, a loneliness and great longing that only he can fill.  If we do not surrender to the mercy and love of God, then we will go through life in this state, ever longing, ever incomplete.  Some try to fill the holes with alcohol, drugs, sex, a marriage partner, success, money, fame and fortune, but it never works.  We need God to be the ground of our being.

Our surrender to God will not take away sorrows and sufferings, losses and broken dreams, but we will have a purpose greater than all things of this earth.  We will have the God of All Comfort and Love walking by our sides as we walk through the trials of this life.  He will give us the strength and consolation needed.  We will believe that separation from loved ones though death is only temporary and that spiritually, we remain of one heart and mind even though absent from each other in body.

(Written for all who suffer, especially from the loss of a loved one.)

Prodigal Son - Rembrandt

Posted January 13, 2014 by ouidaofs in Conversion, Death of spouse, Grief, Jesus, Love, Mercy, Suffering

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