A priest with thousands of followers on Twitter acknowledged suffering from loneliness and the writer Claudio de Castro indicates something disturbing
It was the year 2018. The news spread like wildfire in the Catholic information services and then in the secular press, radio newscasts and others.
They all commented on it. It seemed like one of those news stories that are impossible, hard to believe. The kind you hope you never have to listen to. But it was true.
You had to assimilate it and suddenly, find its roots, find out why to prevent it from continuing to happen.
In addition to being a wonderful and well-known writer and journalist, for 25 years he was a Colombian priest in the Los Angeles community. Eudist parentsfounded by Saint John Eudes.
For me he was one of those extraordinary priests who stands out for his generosity, dedication and his desire to bring souls to God.
Being a successful Catholic author, with countless books, I liked to follow him, I saw it as an example and tried to learn.
He studied his impeccable technique and his ability to continue publishing his books without giving up, with perseverance.
I had and still has millions of followers on social media, including me. Currently your account Twitter which he fills with uplifting messages and reflections has 3.4 million followers. Awesome! But still, he felt very alone.
I had never heard such a revelation from a priest before. It is true that I have received emails of our readers talking about loneliness. It is a difficult subject and I often meditate on it. But what about a priest? I hardly believed it.
With so many fans and fans, how could he experience loneliness? On a well-known radio station she stated:
My great tragedy has been the loneliness of recent times. It’s an existential theme, loneliness
I once read that the solitude of the priest is not benevolent. It’s hard to bear. It happened to the good father Linero, whom I admired, admire a lot and still pray for his well-being and holiness.
This good priest was very dynamic. He used to encourage and spiritually empower his readers and listeners.
But inside, he was having a hard time, a persistent loneliness and it seems that no one noticed to help him get ahead. How was this possible?
He was always seen animated, happy, he preached full of enthusiasm. He reminded me of that old saying that our grandparents used to say: “Faces we see, hearts we do not know.”
Surely you will ask me, kind reader, why I touch on this topic after a few years have passed. And the answer is very simple.
I have always had great admiration and affection for priests. I recognize them in their humanity but also in his supernatural life that bears fruit for eternity. And i ask myself:
Is there any priest feeling lonely at this moment?
Faced with this reality, you cannot help but ask yourself some questions and reflect:
1Do I care and respect the priests?
twoDo I help the father of my parish in what I can?
3Have I ever invited him to my house for lunch or dinner in a family setting where we show him that he is appreciated?
4Have I ever worried about their welfare?
If you think about it, it’s disturbing. We must do something urgently, without delay, for our priests. We owe it to them for all the good they have done to our souls.
And now tell me: «What do you think we laity can do for our priests? How can we help them overcome loneliness?».
Pray before the Blessed Sacrament and ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you before responding.
Let’s take care of our priests
For my part, I will respond conscientiously, after having spoken with some priests, since they know this condition firsthand.
And I hope to be able to write an article very soon, with recommendations for the laity and the priests.
Let’s take care, accompany and respect our priests. We need them!
I have great affection for priests. I would like to share with you this wonderful video of flapping with the prayer that a priest wrote for his First Communion. trust me. He will move you:
“Dear People of God, how easy it is to be scandalized by the smallest failures of our priests, I sincerely ask you: love them more.”
Deivide Marcklai Rocha Cerqueira
If you wish, you can write to me and tell me what you think we can do for our priests to take care of them and help them in their priesthood. I leave you my personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org