Alone Again


Another day out on the water! Herman loved the pond. He cherished his short walks through the woods to get down there. And he really loved being out on the water in his little canoe. The swamp always looked like paradise whenever Herman was down at the pond.

The water magically seemed to offer solitude. It was a place Herman could be alone with his thoughts and prayers. The little mouse loved watching the birds, the fish, the beavers, and the other creatures that came to the water’s edge for revival.

At the pond, Herman was alone, but he was never lonely down there.


The Bible shares an important secret with us. It tells us that we ought to submit ourselves to one another (Eph 5:21-33). We should make others more important in our lives than we make ourselves.


Those who value others might find themselves alone at times, like Herman is when he’s out there on the water. But they’re never really lonely. That’s important.

Being alone can be a real blessing. Being lonely can be a curse.

Alone gives a person (or mouse) the silence necessary to hear the quiet things in life. However, being lonely is like a stabbing pain in the heart. One need only be lonely once to understand that it is not the same as being alone.

Love is the antidote for lonely. Do not think too highly of yourself (Rom 12:3). Love the Lord and love others as you would want yourself to be loved (Mk 12:30-31). And make them more important in your life than you are (Eph 5:21). After that, go find a quiet, happy place like Herman’s pond and rejoice!


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

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