“Hello darkness my old friend…”

“Hello darkness my old friend… 

Simon and Garfunkel

Day 41 of Lent
Monday of Passion Week
Seek Solitude

Photo: Ernie on his Rock of Ages: Long Island Sound – November 2019

We know that it is important to spend time in solitude. We even start looking forward to this strange period of uselessness. This desire for solitude is often the first sign of prayer, the first indication that the presence of God’s Spirit no longer remains unnoticed. As we empty ourselves of our many worries, we come to know not only with our mind but also with our heart that we never were really alone, that God’s Spirit was with us all along…the pains and struggles we encounter in our solitude thus become a way to hope, because our hope is not based on something that will happen after our sufferings are over, but on the real presence of God’s healing Spirit in the midst of these sufferings.

Henri J.M. Nouwen

“The language of God is Silence.”

~ Thomas Merton

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