Reader describes how he decreased loneliness
I was interested to read the sad description of the experience of modern urban life for too many [“ Breaking Vancouver’s lonely culture”, September 13-20]. It’s characterized by difficulties in making friends, lack of trust of neighbours, lack of participation in community activities, loneliness, poorer health, social isolation, and the corrosion of caring.
For myself, after many years of searching, my experience of loneliness ceased when I came into the Catholic Church. In that moment, I entered into the company of a worldwide community of believers that stretches back 2,000 years. I felt at peace because the Catholic Church’s answers to the profound questions confirmed the answers I had discovered on my own, but took them to a much deeper level.
In receiving Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, I found my anxieties started to fall away to an extent that shocked me. As I started to go regularly to confession, the guilt of my selfishness and wayward ways dissipated. When I prayed to become a more caring person, I was given a love for others that I had never felt before.
My life, of course, still has its ups and downs. It still involves suffering. But I learned from the church that suffering and loneliness can be offered up for the good of others and to become a better person myself.
> Peter Nation / North Vancouver