As I was thinking about the composition of this page when I saw the film LION. In this true story we see a five-year-old, Saroo, finding himself trapped in a train bound for Calcutta without passengers except himself. He finds himself in this big city whose language he not not speak or understand, all alone struggling to survive. He misses his family especially his mother, but does not know where he came from or his mother's name whom he calls MOM. After a while he his picked up by and orphanage and later adopted by an Australian family, but there is an emptiness in his heart for 25 years. He longs to return to his family.

Saroo has certain memories and images of where he lived. By using Google Earth he is able to find his home in Northern India about 1500 mile for Calcutta. He travel home where he is reunited with his mother and sister. But what about Guddu, his brother? He sadly finds out that he was killed by a passing train while searching for him at the train station he had been left to wait for him. This film impressed me with the pain of loneliness.

What is loneliness? "Loneliness is an aching void in the center of our being, a deep longing for love and to be loved, to be fully known and accepted by at least one person." (Webpage: Loneliness--Religious James Park)
There is also in each of us a metaphysical loneliness, a search for perfect love which is eternal. Many times we try to find this perfect and unending love in creatures which is doomed to fail. Metaphysical loneliness can only be the call of God as we read in scripture, "Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child or her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you." (Is 49:15) Christ himself reflects on this: "Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me." (Jn 16:32) We can only find this love by developing a loving relationship with God through prayer in solitude. Our hearts are restless till we find this love.

Here is one who understands this. "One woman who has a fine relationship with her husband of eight years--complete communication, physical closeness,and understanding--and who has four children still feels lonely. But because she understands it as spiritual loneliness, she does not blame her husband or children." (Webpage: Loneliness--Religious James Park) She does not cling or try to posses the love of her husband and children because she has found a greater love in life. Now she can love without asking for a return of love.

5. Dark Night of the Soul