God Was Here: To Search Out Loneliness



The winds were scornful,
Passing by;
And gathering Angels
Wondered why

A burdened Mother
Did not mind
That only animals
Were kind.

For who in all the world
Could guess
That God would search out
~Sr. M. Chrysostom, O.S.B. “The Stable” from Mary Immaculate: God’s Mother and Mine Marist Press, 1946.




Beholding his glory is only half our job. 
In our souls too the mysteries must be brought forth; 
we are not really Christians till that has been done. 
A mystic says human nature is like a stable inhabited 
by the ox of passion and the ass of prejudice—
animals which take up a lot of room 
and which I suppose most of us are feeding on the quiet. 
And it is there between them, pushing them out, 
that Christ must be born 
and in their very manger he must be laid—
and they will be the first to fall on their knees before him. 
Sometimes Christians seem far nearer to those animals 
than to Christ in his simple poverty, self-abandoned to God.
~Evelyn Underhill




Jesus is God’s wounded healer: through his wounds we are healed. Jesus’ suffering and death brought joy and life. His humiliation brought glory; his rejection brought a community of love. As followers of Jesus we can also allow our wounds to bring healing to others.

Our own experience with loneliness, depression, and fear can become a gift for others, especially when we have received good care. As long as our wounds are open and bleeding, we scare others away. But after someone has carefully tended to our wounds, they no longer frighten us or others….We have to trust that our own bandaged wounds will allow us to listen to others with our whole being. That is healing.
— Henri Nouwen from Bread for the Journey





for the light to replace
where darkness thrives
and loneliness suffocates,
there must be wounding
that tears us open to fresher air,
cleaving us so joy can enter into
where we hurt the most.




2 thoughts on “God Was Here: To Search Out Loneliness

  1. Loneliness: one of the most prevalent ‘illnesses’ rampant in our society. Unseen, usually not discussed as a malady per se, probably never cited as a C.O.D. on any death certificate….

    Thank you, dear sweet beautiful woman. You see and treat wounded and dying human flesh each day as a physician. It is the lonely, the hopeless, the forgotten and alienated whom you not only see with His eyes but those hurting people to whom you bring His Peace of soul and mind. As you know, loneliness is an elusive wound because it may have been buried so deeply within, perhaps for years, and cannot be seen on most of the diagnostic tests we use. They cannot be seen or reached with normal human eyes. And most people cannot find the words to describe it or, if they do, are perhaps too self-conscious or ashamed to discuss it.
    But you see them – and so much more – because you are filled with His Spirit of love, compassion and wisdom that you share so generously and knowingly person-to-person, people-to-people, through your ‘giving, healing ministries in health care, your small community church, your blog that reaches untold numbers worldwide, your family – near and thousands of miles away, your animal friends, and those whom you keep silently in prayer.

    There must be days — late at night after a full day’s work, after farm and home chores and other concerns, when you feel physically fatigued and emotionally spent. But: He is there — always present to and within – to refresh your body and your soul – to enable His Light to shine for others in order to keep going doing His work, until He calls you Home to Himself for eternity.

    May Jesus, the Christ Child, His mother Mary, and His foster father Joseph continue to bless and sustain you and all whom you hold dear and to whom you minister….

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