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Solitude #2

[The solitary] must renounce the blessing of every convenient illusion that absolves him from responsibility when he is untrue to his deepest self and to his inmost truth – the image of God in his own soul. TM, “Notes”

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Solitude #1

The Christian saint is always in some sense a solitary, interiorly and exteriorly, too, in so far as he can be, and his solitude is not a rebellion against society or a denial of social obligations but the condition upon which his fruitfulness in the world depends. TM, Entering

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Solitude #2

once God has called you to solitude, everything you touch leads you further into solitude.  TM, Sign

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If my father were still alive in this time-bound material realm, an unlikely eventuality, he would be one hundred and five years old.

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I was given a beautiful little book recently. It is really more an extended essay bound in hardcover and delightfully illustrated with enough space to embody the author’s thesis.

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Thomas Merton was an Apostle of Acceptance.

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Solitude for some people has a romantic appeal. It seems to hold out the promise of a life of ease and peace. Life would run so much more smoothly if there were not so many difficult people to always have to deal with.
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Most people in the chronically over-active modern western world suffer from hurry sickness. We struggle under the paralyzing illusion that the meaning of life resides in packing more activities into each day. We believe that the more we get done, the more worthwhile we are as people.
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