On the Fall Season & Solitude as Pathway to True Community

“Let him who cannot be alone beware of community… Let him who is not in community beware of being alone… Each by itself has profound perils and pitfalls. One who wants fellowship without solitude plunges into the void of words and feelings, and the one who seeks solitude without fellowship perishes in the abyss of vanity, self-infatuation and despair.” ~ Bonhoeffer

“Why is it so important that you are with God and God alone on the mountain top? It’s important because it’s the place in which you can listen to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved. To pray is to listen to the One who calls you “my beloved daughter,” “my beloved son,” “my beloved child.” To pray is to let that voice speak to the center of your being, to your guts, and let that voice resound in your whole being…community is not loneliness grabbing onto loneliness: “I’m so lonely, and you’re so lonely.” It’s solitude grabbing onto solitude: “I am the beloved; you are the beloved; together we can build a home.” ~ Henri Nouwen

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~ Rollo May

“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.” ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.” ~ Matthew 14:23

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