Friday, March 2, 2012
What to read for today.
Chapter 8: Solitude Is Not Separation
Questions for your personal reflection.
What kind of appeal has solitude had for you until now? Were you seeking refuge, independence, escape, isolation, or something else? Did Merton’s perspective deliver any new insights or ideas about solitude?
Sharing with others: What caught your attention or provoked your thinking today?
This was a light bulb chapter for me and it turned my notions of solitude and monasticism on end; the notion that isolation for the purpose of independence or escape is egotistical, possibly even narcissistic. “[T]he only justification for a life of deliberate solitude is the conviction that it will help you to love not only God but also other men.” Indeed. My upbringing placed great emphasis on individual devotion, insufficient emphasis on others. Merton rightly directs my attention to others.
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