The World Is My Cloister


As a brief follow-up to yesterday’s post, I completely understand that the very idea of unplugging ourselves for any length of time – whether from our smartphones, social media platforms, or even just some forms of mindless entertainment – is enough to cause us to crank up the volume and cover our eyes until the disruptive and altogether disturbing feeling passes.
And it usually works well enough.
It certainly does for me.
Few among us have intentionally choosen lifestyles that can accommodate significant amounts of down time – never mind secluded ones that are able, routinely, to incorporate lengthy periods of silence and solitude for discernment, detachment, contemplation, and prayer.
Our significance – to others, at least – is too often measured in terms of wealth, and social status, and physical attractiveness


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