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March 2: Day by Day with Father Bill

TUESDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT

-from The Wounded Healer by Fr Henri Nouwen

The Christian way of life does not take away our loneliness; it protects and cherishes it as a precious gift. Sometimes it seems as if we do everything possible to avoid the painful confrontation with basic human loneliness, and allow ourselves to be trapped by false gods promising immediate satisfaction and quick relief. But perhaps the painful awareness of loneliness is an invitation to transcend our limitations and look beyond the boundaries of our existence. The awareness of loneliness might be a gift we must protect and guard, because our loneliness reveals an inner emptiness that can be destructive when misunderstood but filled with promise for those who can tolerate its sweet pain.

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