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Solitude is very different from a 'time-out' from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other.

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People with handicaps teach me that being is more important than doing, the heart is more important than the mind, and caring together is better than caring alone.

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Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.

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Solitude is the place where we can connect with profound bonds that are deeper than the emergency bonds of fear and anger.

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Ministers are powerless people who have nothing to boast of except their weaknesses. But when the Lord whom they serve fills them with His blessing they will move mountains and change the hearts of people wherever they go.

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Our glory is hidden in our pain, if we allow God to bring the gift of himself in our experience of it.

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Intimacy is not a happy medium. It is a way of being in which the tension between distance and closeness is dissolved and a new horizon appears. Intimacy is beyond fear.

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If fear is the great enemy of intimacy, love is its true friend.

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Fear is the great enemy of intimacy. Fear makes us run away from each other or cling to each other but does not create true intimacy.

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