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Mon, Aug. 1st, 2005, 08:59 pm

"There is another self, a true self, who comes to full maturity in emptiness and solitude - and who can of course, begin to appear and grow in the valid, sacrificial and creative self-dedication that belong to a genuine social existence. But note that even this social maturing of love implies at the same time the growth of a certain inner solitude.

Without solitude of some sort there is and can be no maturity. Unless one becomes empty and alone, he cannot give himself in love because he does not possess the deep self which is the only gift worthy of love. And this deep self, we immediately add, cannot be possessed. My deep self in not 'something' which I acquire, or to which I 'attain' after a long struggle. It is not mine, and cannot become mine. It is no 'thing' - no object. It is ' I '. "

From Disputed Questions

Sun, Aug. 7th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)

Beautiful quote; I am an old fan of Fr. Louis... this quote reminds me a tad of Ken Wilber's writings on Non-duality, and the I-I!


Mon, Aug. 8th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)
nancy_world: solitude and parenting

Finding solitude in life can be challenging. I read the Seven Story Mountain many years ago, long before marriage, a child and work. Now I listen to the rosary on my ipod and am sometimes worried that someone sitting next to me will hear it and think I am weird. That's sad I know. Anyway, here I am....some days that in an of itself is an accomplishment.

Wed, Nov. 16th, 2005 02:12 am (UTC)

Please pray for my mom and I. She has just lost her job and is alone A LOT. I am a lone a lot too- (not by choice) and my profession requires me to spend much time alone. Please pray that God will help me use my alone time with Him to know Him better and to help me except my solitude (for the time being) and to use it for good rather than fear it.

Wed, Nov. 16th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)

You are of course in my prayers.