Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 24, 2008
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 24, 2008
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Solitude and community
"Now during those days he went out to the mountain
to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God."
"Solitude is inner fulfillment."
Solitude and loneliness are not the same. Loneliness
is inner emptiness, but solitude is inner fulfillment.
In his book Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster
writes that solitude "is more a state of mind and heart
than it is a place" (Foster, Richard J. "Celebration
of Discipline. The Path to Spiritual Growth," pp. 96,
108). Solitude can be maintained in crowds or while
alone. It is an inner attentiveness. Foster calls
this our "portable sanctuary of the heart."
Many spiritual leaders have lived outward manifestations
of this inward solitude. Jesus Christ is one example.
He spent days fasting and praying in the wilderness.
Sometimes he went to mountains and other lonely places
for meditation and prayer. He returned to people with
a renewed sense of mission and purpose.
Thomas Merton has said, "It is in deep solitude and
silence that I find the gentleness with which I can
truly love my brother and sister." It was also his
life experience that while in solitude he discovered
his need and desire to contribute something to a
Solitude without welcoming and affirming community
leads to a lack of wholeness in our lives.
God, help us find the inner fulfillment of solitude.
Bring us into a beloved community where we can love
our brothers and sisters. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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