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There are points in life that we understand to be good and bad; the highs and lows. We accommodate ourselves to them and can acknowledge the moment. We remember those moments or days and even if painful, they become part of our makeup. What may not be understood, is a sense of “empty” perhaps from burnout or hurt. Time is the great healer, but even once healed, what fills the hole where the hurt once was. Or perhaps the hurt is still there and the pain has emptied us of the joy and hope that should be ours.

I have written before about the hurting and the problems that come with that. There seems so much hurt in the world and many people ask me about that and what can be done for them and others. I believe that as people abandon God and organised religion the hole that is left in our lives is simply filled with something else. That spot, that vacuum cannot remain there. So generally people replace God with ideologies and consumerism. But these can never replace God. it is only a temporary solution and not a good one.

In poor and developing countries where faith is still strong they seek wealth and look to their faith for comfort in difficulties. In countries that are wealthy there is no longer a need for God, and instead the people seek freedom FROM religion for freedom OF religion. And in wealthy Western countries persecution of Christians is fast becoming the norm as Christians and Christianity are deemed to be intolerant in pluralistic Western societies. And at the same time other religions are given a great deal of tolerance even when their basic tenants are not. (And I have self censored in this post so as not to cause outrage by other religions and be seen as intolerant).

How then can the emptiness be filled by so many in our societies? People need to remain open to God and religion. People have found an innumerable excuses for not attending church. And all of them come down to the basic wish not to have to go to church. In order to “find God” each person must actively seek Him. He is there to be found and is never far away. It is up to us not to close the door or push Him out of our lives.

Don’t give up. Don’t let the world fill that empty space. Let God do that. It is God who is the real answer, the healer, the “infiller”.

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I wonder…

And how many priests and prelates are well aware of this state of affairs and would rather look away? How many would rather deal with fund raising and parish retention programmes and New Evangelisation programmes which may be or are in actual fact void of the deeper meaning of the Sacraments and how to live them in our daily lives?

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Pathways

We all need to be willing to work towards being the person with the broader shoulders. I walked away hurt and angry. I thought I would not be willing to enter into a conversation like that again. But that won’t help in the long run. And after spending time reflecting on what I experienced, I knew I would have to face the same again one day. And would just have to find kinder means and thicker skin on behalf of the truth.

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