In his July 14th Sunday homily, Patriarch Daniel spoke about loneliness, a real disease of our century, as well as the actions we must undertake to get rid of it.

In his homily, Patriarch Daniel spoke about loneliness and its remedies
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Vkontakte
  • Messanger
  • Telegram
  • WhatsApp
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

“Many people are in distress at home, in hospitals or other institutions, and they suffer from loneliness. To the suffering of the disease is added the suffering of loneliness when the sick are isolated, when they do not receive visits,” said Patriarch Daniel about the unfortunate situation in which many people find themselves.
According to the latest statistics, loneliness has become a global epidemic, and the number of those living alone is higher than ever. In 2015, 1,500,000 elderly people were affected by loneliness.

In his homily, the patriarch of Romania exhorted to offer communion and merciful love to those who are alone and sick. These real medicines offer them relief, and help them overcome loneliness and physical weaknesses.
“It is necessary to visit the sick, even if we cannot heal them. We pray for them,” said the primate.
“Our presence with the sick is for them a relief, a liberation from loneliness. Even if we don’t make a miracle by healing their body or psyche, those who sufferer receive relief, because they are no longer alone, because they have a merciful and human presence with them”.

The patriarch also spoke of the negative consequences of a life spent in solitude.
 “It also happens that sick people who experienced great suffering, died because they worried too much about it. They felt pain in their soul, because it seemed to them that they were no longer loved nor appreciated by anyone. Others, in a moment of despair, committed suicide. They ended their lives because there was no one with them to give them strength, or a word of encouragement, of comfort or esteem. “

Patriarch Daniel of Romania urged us not to limit the horizon of our prayer, and not to pray only for our loved ones, but also for all those who find themselves in solitude and suffering.
“The faithful whose souls are good not only pray for themselves, but also for all the afflicted and saddened souls who have no one to show them mercy, for all the poor, for all who suffer, who are isolated and saddened.

Another aspect pointed out by Patriarch Daniel is the reference to the value of words. Words can bring comfort and joy, but they can also produce a lot of suffering, so we must be careful how we use them.
“When our words are merciful, when they spring from the compassion of a good soul, they become words of healing. When our words are bad, they hurt, they do not heal, they produce suffering,”  highlighted the patriarch.
“Lots of people suffer because of harsh words addressed to them, and nobody asked for their forgiveness. Others suffer because of hate speech that marked their lives. Whereas merciful and comforting words, words that raises people from sin, are words of healing.

On the occasion of the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, when we read the Gospel passage on the healing of the centurion’s servant, the patriarch reminded us: “The centurion went to the Savior, the Christ, and entreated Him to heal his servant affected by illness and loneliness. Thus the centurion has become an example of the practice of prayer, not only for oneself, but for those near us who are in pain.”

Source in Romanian

Dear readers,

This is one of the five free articles that you can read in their entirety.

To access the unlimited number of full articles, please:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Vkontakte
  • Messanger
  • Telegram
  • WhatsApp
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

About the Author

Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Beside an anthology on Cistercian texts, Emma Cazabonne has translated and published articles on Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She converted to Orthodoxy in 2008. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

Orthodoxie.com Newsletter

Don't miss out on important news and updates. Subscribe to our free bi-weekly newsletter.



Divider

Popular Posts

16 décembre 93373

ÉPITRE DU JOUR I Tim. V, 1-10 Ne réprimande pas rudement le vieillard, mais exhorte-le comme un père; exhorte les jeunes gens comme des frères, les...

Une délégation du Patriarcat œcuménique à Kiev 146457

Le métropolite Emmanuel de France, chef de la délégation du Patriarcat œcuménique, s’est rendu à Kiev avec le métropolite d’Andrinople Amphilochios...

2 décembre (ancien calendrier) / 15 décembre (nouveau) 93256

2 décembre (ancien calendrier) / 15 décembre (nouveau) Carême de la Nativité – Dispense de poisson Saint Habaccuc, prophète (VIIème s. av. J.- C) ;...

15 décembre 93254

15 décembre Carême de la Nativité – Dispense de poisson Dimanche des Ancêtres  Saint Éleuthère, évêque d’Illyrie, sa mère sainte Anthie et sa...

1er décembre (ancien calendrier) / 14 décembre (nouveau) 93189

1er décembre (ancien calendrier) / 14 décembre (nouveau) Carême de la Nativité Saint Nahum, prophète (vers 600 av. J.-C.) ; saint Philarète le Misé...

14 décembre 93187

14 décembre Carême de la Nativité Saints Thyrse, Leucius et Callinique, martyrs à Césarée de Bithynie (251) ; saints Philémon, Apollonius, Arien et...

Le chant byzantin a été inscrit au patrimoine immatériel de l’humanité par l’Unesco 145357

Le 11 décembre, l’Unesco a inscrit le chant byzantin au patrimoine immatériel de l’humanité. “Né au début du christianisme, le ch...

La 18e réunion de la Conférence épiscopale orthodoxe du Benelux (CEOB) 145345

La Conférence épiscopale orthodoxe du Benelux s’est réunie le 10 décembre à Bruxelles. Un compte rendu (dont la photographie ci-dessus) est e...

Discours du patriarche Cyrille de Moscou à la réunion du Haut conseil ecclésiastique sur le bilan... 145316

Le 11 décembre, le patriarche Cyrille de Moscou a prononcé le discours suivant à l’ouverture de la réunion du Haut conseil ecclésiastique. Il...

En visite officielle à Athènes, le président serbe Vučić a rencontré l’archevêque Jérôme 145311

Au cours de sa visite officielle en Grèce, le président serbe Alexandre Vučić a rencontré l’archevêque d’Athènes Jérôme le 10 décembre. Après la re...

Un entretien avec le métropolite Hilarion de Volokolamsk sur la question de la GPA 145301

Le métropolite Hilarion de Volokolamsk a donné un entretien à Ria-Novosti sur la question de la GPA également très discutée en Russie. La version f...

“L’Icône retrouvée” 145196

L’association fondée par le père Nicolas Lacaille (1952-2013, photographie ci-dessus), “L’Icône retrouvée“, a été relancée....