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Solitude

“Come away to a quiet place all by yourselves and rest awhile.” (Mark 6:31)

Glendalough LakeTwo thousand years ago, Jesus extended this invitation to his disciples and our hearts still respond to it today. The invitation to solitude is an invitation to come home to ourselves.

So often, we are not at home. We live somehow at a distance from our bodies, our hearts, our spirits. As St. Augustine says, he was rushing headlong outside himself, seeking here, seeking there for the God who all the time was waiting within.

Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you!
Lo, you were within, but I outside, seeking there for you,
You were with me, but I was not with you.

We need to come home, to find ourselves at home on the earth,”to feel myself beloved on the earth” as Raymond Carver says. When we allow ourselves to ‘just be’ for a while, we begin this process of coming home.