3 Advent Wednesday


Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you may never find it.

— Thomas Merton in Turning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years edited by Victor A. Kramer

Today: Benedictines believe that we come into the fullness of our humanity by living in community with others. That may manifest itself in a relationship, a monastic setting or even in a college dorm. And for the most part, none of us escape all forms of community living. Merton speaks of solitude as a means to deepen the present. If we come into the fullness of our humanity in community, what fullness do we experience in our solitude?

Ed Jansen, OCM

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