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MM 50 Years Ago

Modern humans are so alone

Fr Craig Larkin SM

If there’s anything we can learn from the hippies, beatniks and drop-outs, it’s that in their own way they are expressing one of our constant searches – the search for a meaning to our existence.

It’s a sad commentary on our society that despite the great advances in science, medicine and technology, humans are probably more alone than they have ever been. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for, and deserted by everybody.”

Not long ago, Pope Paul said, “Many people have lost sight of the meaning in their lives. They do not realise that Christ, through his Church, can respond to their expectations. Facts of this kind should cause you to reflect seriously on what people have a right to expect of you …”

I am fortunate in having Br Hugh SM to help me with the administrative side of the Third Order. He returned a few years ago after a long term of duty at the General House in Rome. His international experience will be a great asset to us.

Fr Craig Larkin SM,
Marist Third Order page
March 1972

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