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Today: Praying in Solitude
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Bonus Quote: It does not matter how slowly
you go so long as you do not stop.

Confucius

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On today's site:
  • All hearts are open to you (Cloud of Unknowing)
  • Jesus prays in a lonely place (Mark 1)
  • Pray in secret (Matthew 6)
  • In solitude... (Henri J. M. Nouwen)
  • The Buddha & Paramahansa Yogananda
And The Last Words: Henri J. M. Nouwen
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And now, the Last Word:
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Photo by Chuck Bowman


    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.
          Amen.

    "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.

          
Mark 1:35-39
          Holy Bible
          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
    thee openly.

    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
    Holy Bible
    King James Version
Photo by Stephen Bowman


    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
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    Sit
    Rest
    Work.

    Alone with yourself,
    Never weary.

    On the edge of the forest
    Live joyfully,
    Without desire.

    The Buddha (c. 563 - 483 BC)
    Indian, founder of Buddhism
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    Be alone within.

    Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
    Hindu, founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship
"And in the morning, a great while before
day, (Jesus) rose and went out to a lonely
    place, and there he prayed."
Let us therefore live our lives to the fullest but let us not forget to once in a
while get up long before dawn to leave the house and go to a lonely place.

Henri J. M. Nouwen