Thought of the Day:

Love of Solitude


Listen

My Child, let Me show you the great value of prayerful solitude. When you converse with men, you often come away with useless distractions, false ideas, and unwanted desires. When you communicate with Me, your under-standing of life is deepened and your outlook is broadened. Human conversation usually ties your thoughts to this earthly life, but talking with Me raises your thoughts above the narrow limits of your mortal existence. Human conversation often brings an exaggerated esteem for the passing glories of earth. Heavenly conversation brings a clearer vision of the eternal glory which awaits you.

Come aside and rest a while in My company. Do this as often as you can during the day. Learn to appreciate My friendship in solitude. This will make it easier for you to keep a holy intention in your activities, a clear conscience, and peace of mind. Love to pray and labor unseen by humans, and you will discover many little ways of pleasing Me more. My light falls on prayerful hearts like seed falling on rich soil.

It is easier to control your thoughts and desires by staying at home than by going out too often. Frequent visiting and going out bring too many distractions. You cannot safely appear in public until you have developed a love for solitude.

In prayerful solitude you will receive a deep appreciation of your heavenly goal in life. A man of prayer speaks when speech is useful to himself or his neighbor. He will not waste his energy and squander his thoughts in idle conversation.


Think

What a marvelous interior knowledge and power will be mine when I have learned to enjoy holy reading and meditation on the things of God! I will share His thoughts and follow His all-wise Will. In prayerful solitude I can find the light and strength to live a holy and truly successful life on earth.


Pray

My ever-present God, I hope to turn to You at different times throughout the day to tell You whatever is in my thoughts. Grant that I may gradually become more and more conscious of Your nearness to me, and of Your loving interest in whatever concerns me. Let me turn to You as easily as I turn to my human friends. I need this grace in order to live a truly virtuous life. Help me, Lord, to develop a livelier prayer-life in my daily activities. Amen.


See you tomorrow with another thought!

Encyclical Letter "Laudato si'" of the Holy Father Francis on Care for Our Common Home, 2015/06/18!
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