Spring Cleaning For Your Soul

Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain victims of our society, + continue to be entangled in the illusions of the false self. In solitude I get ride of my scaffolding: no friends to talk with, no telephone calls to make, no meetings to attend, no music to entertain, no books to distract, just me — naked, vulnerable, weak, sinful, deprived, broken — nothing. It is this nothingness that I have to face in my solitude, a nothingness so dreadful that everything in me wants to run to my friends, my work, + my distractions so that I can forget my nothingness ++ make myself believe that I am worth something. The confrontation with our own frightening nothingness forces us to surrender ourselves totally + unconditionally to Jesus. we have to fashion our solitude where we can withdraw every day, shake off our compulsions, ++ dwell in the gentle healing presence of our Lord. Solitude is the place of transformation, the place of the great struggle + the great encounter. Solitude is not simply a means to an end — it is its own end. Solitude is the place where Christ remodels us in His own image + frees us from the victimizing compulsions of the world. [Henri Nouwen]

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