Death by Isolation

May 7, 2024

Death by Isolation

May 7, 2024

This episode is more than just a conversation; it's a call to anyone feeling stuck in their mistakes or swallowed by solitude.

Dive into this episode with John and Victor, where they chat about the ups and downs of supporting their loved ones through major life milestones. This time around, they’re celebrating the big wins of Lily and Angela, and they don’t shy away from sharing just how tough it’s been to get here.

In a candid discussion, John opens up about his journey with ten men who are finding their way out of some really tough times, weaving in the powerful image of the vine and branches from John 15:1-8. They talk about the tough love of pruning—how stepping away from what God wants can hurt but also help us grow, and how being alone too much can really put our spirits at risk.

The guys hit home with the idea that saying “enough is enough” is a turning point. They delve into the wisdom of Proverbs 18:1 and St. Francis of Assisi, who warned about the soul’s search for quick fixes when it’s troubled and lonely. They also bring up insights from 1 Peter 5:8-11, reminding us that everyone’s got struggles, not just us.

Drawing on Henri Nouwen’s thoughts, they discuss how healing starts when we share our pain and step into the fight against darkness together. They compare deep isolation to being in solitary confinement, where hope begins to fade, and stress how vital it is to stay connected to others—how we need each other to make it to heaven.

This episode is more than just a conversation; it’s a call to anyone feeling stuck in their mistakes or swallowed by solitude. It’s about finding hope and strength in each other’s stories and remembering that no one has to go it alone. Tune in for some real talk, genuine stories, and a shared journey back to spiritual health. Whether you’re looking for a bit of comfort, some understanding, or just a way back, this episode promises to be your companion.

Bible verses for reflection 📚

– John 15:1-8

– Proverbs 18:1

– 1 Peter 5:8-11

Quotes mentioned in this episode 💬

“when the soul is troubled. Lonely and darkened, then it turns easily to the outer comfort and to the empty enjoyments of the world you start to isolate yourself bc you don’t want people to know something is wrong” – St. Francis of Assisi

“I realize that healing begins with our, taking our pain out of its diabolic isolation, and seeing that whatever we suffer, whatever we suffer, we suffer it in communion with all of humanity, and yes, all of creation. In so doing, we become participants in the great battle against the powers of darkness.” – Henri Nouwen



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