Communities are a sign that it is possible to live on a human scale, even in the present world. They are a sign that we do not have to be slaves to work, to inhuman economies, or to the stimulations of artificial leisure.... A community should be... a sign that it is possible for people to live together, love each other, celebrate and work for a better world and a fellowship of peace... a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other... We have to learn to live each day and find our own internal and external rhythms. (Community and Growth p. 310.)
Solitude does not separate me from others; it helps me to love them more tenderly, realistically and attentively. I begin to distinguish between the false solitude which is a flight from others to be alone with egoism, sadness or a bruised sensitivity, and the true solitude which is communion with God and others. (Community and Growth p. 189.)When's the last time you've taken advantage of some silence and solitude, and allowed it to deepen your love for those around you? How is your sense of communion with others? I hope this season of Lent can be a time for us all to live both solitude and community well.