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O God, all hearts are open to you.
You perceive my desire.
Nothing is hidden from you.
Purify the thoughts of my heart with
the gift of your Spirit, that I may love
you with a perfect love and give
you the praise you deserve.
"The Cloud of Unknowing"
Written by an anonymous 14th century English monk
Paraclete Press, 2006
And in the morning, a great while before day, (Jesus) rose and went out to a lonely
place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him pursued
him, and they found him and said to him, "Every one is searching for you." And
he said to them, "Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also;
for that is why I came out." And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in
their synagogues and casting out demons.
Revised Standard Version
And when thou prayest, thou shalt
not be as the hypocrites are: for
they love to pray standing in the
synagogues and in the corners of
the streets, that they may be seen
of men. Verily I say unto you, They
have their reward.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter
into thy closet, and when thou hast
shut thy door, pray to thy Father
which is in secret; and thy Father
which seeth in secret shall reward
But when ye pray, use not vain
repetitions, as the heathen do: for
they think that they shall be heard
for their much speaking.
Matthew 6: 5-7
King James Version
In solitude, we can slowly unmask the illusion of our possessiveness and discover in
the center of our own self that we are not what we can conquer, but what is given to us.
In solitude we can listen to him who spoke to us before we could speak a word, who
healed us before we could make any gesture to help, who set us free long before we could
free others, and who loved us long before we could give love to anyone. It is in this solitude
we discover that our life is not a possession to be defended, but a gift to be shared. It's
there we recognize that the healing words we speak are not just our own, but are given
to us; that the love we can express is part of a greater love; and that the new life we
bring forth is not a property to cling to, but a gift to be received.
Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch Catholic priest and author
From "Out of Solitude"
Ave Maria Press, 2005
Indian, founder of Buddhism
Be alone within.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Hindu, founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship