Sacred Comfort

Care for the Soul

The journey inward

Time spent in contemplative solitude should be balanced with time spent in community.  In my head, everything seems like a good idea, but as the saying goes, it’s a bad neighborhood and I shouldn’t go in there alone. You’d better bring a friend.

“The journey inward is the journey to find the Christ dwelling within us. The journey outward is the journey to find the Christ dwelling among us and in the world. The journey inward requires the disciplines of solitude, silence, prayer, meditation, contemplation and attentiveness to the movements of our heart. The journey outward in community and mission requires the disciplines of care, compassion, witness, outreach, healing, accountability, and attentiveness to the movement of other people’s hearts. These two journeys belong together to strengthen each other, and should never be separated.”

– Henri Nouwen, Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit


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This entry was posted on January 24, 2013 by in Thoughts on God.
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