Friday, September 16, 2011

Merton on Solitude

The Gift of Solitude
Today, more than ever, we need to recognize that the gift of solitude is not ordered to the acquisition of strange contemplative powers, but, first of all, to the recovery of one’s deep self, and to the renewal of an authenticity which is presently twisted out of shape by the pretentious routines of a disordered togetherness.
Thomas Merton, Contemplation in a World of Action

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