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At one time he was living alone in that hollow rock, separated from the society of others

and, as was his custom, dwelling in hidden places or more remotely in the wilderness so that he might, with his mind wholly free from disquieting cares, devote himself to prayer, and might be ready for every religious thought.

- The Monk Jonas, Life of St. Columban (Italian, 7th century)

In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.

- Luke 6.12

Here is a discipline the benefit of which yet eludes me. And that's because the time I'm willing to invest in this eludes me as well. I am simply too busy to take the extended time that Jesus and Columbanus did to wait on the Lord in solitude. And that's simply too busy.

The times when I have managed this - for an afternoon or so - I have always found to be rich and rewarding. Not only are the meditations on King Jesus sweet and lifting, but the many unexpected insights and spiritual thoughts that waft across my mind have been most welcome, and some have led to productive labor afterwards.

We often read reports of Celtic Christian saints and peregrini retiring from the company of their colleagues and the work of ministry for times of extended retreat into the Lord. Cuthbert was renowned for isolating himself on a little island off the coast from Lindisfarne, where the tide would separate him from others while he waited on the Lord. Columba, Kevin, Brendan, and others all had their seasons of waiting in solitude on the Lord.

In my regimen of spiritual disciplines I need to find room for this practice on a more regular basis. The pace of our culture and the demands of work militate against such a regular practice, but that's no excuse. That's simply to say that I'm allowing my faith to be shaped by my culture, rather than the other way around.

It will take planning and discipline to set work aside for a season, and that on a regular basis, so that I might rediscover the renewal of perspective and strength which getting away with the Lord can provide. We can do this, though, friends, and, with the Lord as our example and destination, we can certainly expect to know great blessing if we will.

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T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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