I heard a sermon on EWTN this morning while driving to work. The priest told a story of an exorcist (yes, there are still such things in the Church) who was performing an exorcism on a 19 year old girl. The priest asked the evil spirit who was possessing her, what relationship two people who were enemies while alive, would have in Hell.
The demonic spirit replied, "How stupid you are! There are no relationships here. People are completely wrapped up in themselves, constantly regretting and mourning the sins they have committed. It is like a cemetery."
I couldn't help but think of how easy it is for us as human beings to isolate. I think many of us in this modern culture even believe that isolation is the key to happiness. Apparently not. It is the gateway to Hell in more ways than one.
Isolation is such a temptation in this life and a great curse to those of us who struggle with mental illness. We must press on, however, We must "fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith." That includes reaching out and continuing to live our faith in the garden of humanity in which God placed us.
(The illustration is Van Gogh's, A Public Garden with People Walking in the Rain)