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The Fruit of Solitude: Inner Maturity

“The richest fruit of solitude is inner maturity.  Within this strengthened interiority, a paradox takes place: monastic withdrawal from society produces a special form of presence in the world, putting the monk or nun in a new relationship to the entire universe.  It is not a flight from the world, but a continual process of new presence.  It is more like a flight into the heart of God.”  Page 55

From Centered on Christ: A Guide to Monastic Profession
By Augustine Roberts, OCSO

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