NOTE: Above picture, mass in honour of Cardinal Cardijn in Perth.

This enquiry will review loneliness.

Andrew found he had drifted into life as a hermit, where he only talked to the checkout operator when shopping. Social isolation caused him to seek help for depression.

Can you review your personal experience of loneliness?
Are there social trends that may be increasing loneliness?
How is this affecting people?

What do you think about all this?
Recall the life and teaching of Jesus, what would he be saying to us?

Play and reflect on the song ‘Eleanor Rigby’ by Paul McCartney

Eleanor Rigby
Picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream
Waits at the window
Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?

Father McKenzie
Writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near
Look at him working
Darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there
What does he care?

Eleanor Rigby
Died in the church and was buried along with her name
Nobody came
Father McKenzie
Wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved.

Have you decided to make changes to your daily life?
What can be done through church, clubs, and work?
What can be done through Cardijn Community Australia?

‘All the lonely people, where do they all belong?’

By Greg Lopez

Member of the Australian Cardijn Institute (ACI), Cardijn Community Australia (CCA) and lay chaplain with the International Catholic Student Movement, Asia Pacific.

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