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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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All sin is a withdrawal of love from God, in order to love something else. TM, No Man

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Silence #3

When there is no silence, then the One Word which God speaks is not truly heard as Love.   Then only ‘words’ are heard. TM, Love

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Silence #2

If man is constantly exiled from his own home, locked out of his own spiritual solitude, he ceases to be a true person.  He no longer lives as a man.  He becomes a kind of automaton, living without joy because he has lost his spontaneity.  He is no longer moved from within, but only from outside himself.  TM, Silent

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Silence #1

God hidden within me.  I find Him by hiding in the silence in which He is concealed. TM, Entering  Read the rest of this entry »

Self – False #2

There is no evil in anything created by God, nor can anything of His become an obstacle to our union with Him.  The obstacle is in our ‘self,’ that is to say in the tenacious need to maintain our separate, external, egotistic will.  TM, New Seeds

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Self – False #1

The earthly desires men cherish are shadows.  There is no true happiness in fulfilling them.  Why, then, do we continue to pursue joys without substance?  Because the pursuit itself has become our only substitute for joy. TM, Ascent

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Life is so complicated when you get mixed up with other people!  Here come great slate-colored clouds.  I hope there will be a storm and my animal will cool off.  For the glory of God.  Viva Crux! [Long live the Cross!] TM, Entering

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