Tuesday, August 21, 2007

SOLITUDE AND RELATIONSHIPS

"Without solitude there can be no real people. The more you discover what a person is, and experience what human relationship requires in order to remain profound, fruitful, and a source of growth and development, the more you discover that you are alone, and that the measure of your solitude is the measure of your capacity for communion."

"The measure of your awareness of God’s transcendent call to each person is the measure of your capacity for intimacy with others. If you do not realize that the persons to whom you are relating are each called to an eternal transcendent relationship that transcends everything else, how can you relate intimately to another at his or her center from your center?"

-- Henri Nouwen in The Genesee Diary: Report from a Trappist Monastery (Doubleday, 1976)

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