Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Loneliness of Soul

There are three schools of suffering, each with its own special blessing to bestow: physical, mental, and the inner school which lies behind them both: loneliness of soul. Physical suffering makes for tenderness of heart and a patient judgment. Mental suffering gives a deepened sympathy, an active influence that, when "lifted up, draws all things to itself."
But loneliness of soul does more than this; it gives independence and strength. Even in the natural plane, it secures liberty of spirit, it develops clearness of judgment, and it enforces power of will. But this is by no means all....Loneliness of soul gives wisdom– that breadth of vision that belongs to him who sees the entire valley from the hilltop. Loneliness of soul gives understanding– that further power of seeing beneath the surfaces of life. Loneliness of soul gives counsel to sustain another, and fortitude to endure its own burden. All the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit come through and are fostered by loneliness of soul.
~ from Spiritual Excellence by Alban Goodier

5 comments:

K. Lyn Wurth said...

Thank you for this. It helps me on a particularly painful day.

elena maria vidal said...

Glad to hear it. It helps me, too.

Alexandra said...

Me too. Thanks so much for sharing this. I hope you won't mind if I share this on my blog.

elena maria vidal said...

Thanks, Alexandra!

Mary333 said...

I, too, appreciate this post. Thank you for sharing it :)

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