Bridge Building-What About Attacking the Isolation of Suffering?

Today, I want to BLOG about something that is bugging me: isolation among those who suffer. 

What if Stauros USA becomes an organization that actively promotes collaboration and sharing among advocates for all those cut off, isolated, and suffering? What if Stauros works with others to form a bridge extended outward to those ready to seek a way to rise amidst the adversity and challenges they face in isolation?

If there is one major thing I am learning over and over as I enter the University of Suffering for yet another daily lesson in the school of hard knocks,– it is that so many suffering people and care givers are cut off and isolated. Those who suffer are often cut off from divine and spiritual power and other resources that can address the suffering and offer positive change.

Why are so many cut off from sources of life-giving compassion, love, healing and resources of so many kinds?

Kenneth Jennings at Chicago Bears Camp Hoping To Organize Gridiron Warriors Organization for Spinal Cord Injured High School Football Players

Kenneth Jennings at Chicago Bears Camp Hoping To Organize Gridiron Warriors Organization for Spinal Cord Injured High School Football Players

I was just taught a good lesson in resource finding that I wish to share. For over two years, the five former football players I am working with have been trying to find legal help to help them form a charity. They envision forming an organization that reaches out to new spinal cord injured players. The founders are stuck, unable to do what it takes to do the work to form a 501 3 C charity. The specific limiting stumbling block and hurdle they face is no access to legal umph to get the paper work done. Last week, for some strange reason, I decided to send an email out to a few people I know and seek out the service (pro bono) of an attorney to get us out of the quicksand that was keeping them paralyzed.

Low and behold, as of today, just a few days later, the paralyzed boys who are the would-be founders,-have been offered a team of three law firms ready to help. A miracle? Yes-Indeed!

Over and over in my ministry work with paralyzed players I have learned that when a community awakens, and gets organized to provide outreach, miracles can happen!

One major problem associated with “suffering” is that some are cut off and isolated and not knowing where, or to whom to turn.

Another contributing factor in this isolation associated with suffering is that I notice so many people in a community are busy with their own affairs. In fact, some people are so involved in their own personal affairs and personal charities that there is little room to open their horizon to be in a position to reach out to somebody outside their universe.

I am struck with noticing the parochial nature  of the helping professions, charities, self-help groups, and ministries. Good resources are often inadvertently restricted to those in the know, or those connected.  

What if a global organization like Stauros USA brought to life a cyber place where bridge building could be empowered and brought to life to minimize isolation of the suffering?

I can envision bringing to life a forum where organizations can reach out to make connections with: deaf, blind, cancer, suicide, chonic illness, spinal cord injuries and a constellation of others living with suffering. Perhaps, in a well known place advocates and the suffering can come together to find better ways to connect and supply compassion, healing and resourcefulness?

What if Stauros USA becomes an organization that promotes collaboration and sharing among advocates for all those cut off, isolated and suffering? What if Stauros works with others to form a bridge extended outward to those ready to seek a way to rise amidst the adversity and challenges they face in isolation?

To that end,–As a start, I am going to begin adding web sites to this blog site  so that we can together make it possible for those making outreach,– and those seeking connections somehow via the internet be  brought together. Perhaps this humble blog under the umbrella of cyber resources can offer helpful and accessible resources to those who might be suffering in mind, body, or spirit and soul.

I envision a virtual  “home depot” a large no-cost enterprise that tries to put all of the spirit building resources ina  place that is easily accessible.

Today, in my role with Stauros I want to set out and be a bridge builder and see what happens. I am a believer in possibilities? How about you and I see what we can do with God’s help?

Let’s create in this BLOG space,- a place where we can dissolve boundaries that prevent us from caring about the plight of individuals, and pitch in and activate a large community of compassion and caring? that reaches out to put an end to isolation, hoplessness and despair?

As a prayer, Deacon Don

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2 Responses to “Bridge Building-What About Attacking the Isolation of Suffering?”

  1. Vance Says:

    It is perfect time to make a few plans for the longer term
    and it’s time to be happy. I have read this post and if I may I want to suggest you few fascinating things or suggestions. Maybe you could write subsequent articles relating to this article. I wish to learn even more things about it!

  2. staurosusa Says:

    Vince: plase contact me at dgrossnick@aol.com

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