Solitude and Isolation

"There’s a difference between solitude and isolation," Sister Charlene said. "True solitude puts you more in touch. Part of the contemplative life is to be for goodness, in whatever form it takes. Every religion has a contemplative tradition — Islam, Sufism. If we ever meet on the contemplative level, if we can pray together, there’s a chance for peace."
Rather than being withdrawn from society, the Clares are traditionally an urban order, with monasteries in the midst of or on the edges of cities.


1 comment (s):

  1. Mo'in said...

    Dear Maryam,

    Thank you for this. I very much like this distinction between solitude and isolation.

    Kindest wishes,


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