“Without the solitude of heart, our relationships with otherseasily become needy and greedy, sticky and clinging, dependent and sentimental, exploitative and parasitic, because without the solitude of heart we cannot experience the others as different from ourselves but only as people who can be used for the fulfillment of our own, often hidden, needs.”
“With deep friends, all the ground between them and us has indeed become holy ground. <...> The distance created by a temporary absence helped me to see beyond their characters and revealed to me their greatness and beauty as persons which formed the basis of our love.”
“I vividly remember the day on which a man who had been a student in one of my courses came back to the school and entered my room with the disarming remark: 'I have no problems this time, no questions to ask you. I do not need counsel or advice, but I simply want to celebrate some time with you.' <...> Not an embarrassing silence but a silence that could bring us closer together than the many small and big events of the last year. <...> The silence which grew between us was warm, gentle and vibrant. <...> Then he said, 'It is good to be here' and I said, 'Yes, it is good to be together again.' and after that we were silent again for a long period. <...> 'It is the Christ in you, who recognizes the Christ in me.'”
“We often are very, very busy, and usually very tired as a result, but we should ask ourselves how much of our reading and talking, visiting and lobbying, lecturing and writing, is more part of an impulsive reaction to the changing demands of our surroundings than an action that was born out of our own centre.”
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