Solitude: A Necessary Discipline

Solitude is one of the deepest disciplines of the spiritual life because it crucifies our need for importance and prominence. Everyone....including ourselves at first....will see our solitude as a waste of good time. We are removed from "where the action is." That, of course, is exactly what we need. In silence and solitude God slowly but surely frees us from our egomania.

In time we come to see that the really important action occurs in solitude. Once we have experienced God at work in the soul, all the blare and attention of the world seem like a distant and fragmentary echo. Only then are we able to enter the hustle and bustle of today's machine civilization with perspective and freedom.

~ Richard J. Foster