you alone can reveal to us
the riches of God’s solitude
in the communion of persons.
Alone in the desert
and alone in Gethsemane,
alone on your cross,
between men who were alone on theirs,
you assumed everyone’s solitude
so that everyone might commune
O God of encounters,
may each of us
in his desert
detect a sign of your presence.
may each of us be
for his brothers
a travelling companion
in the fellowship of the Father
and the Spirit.
by taking part
in your death and resurrection,
we pass from solitude to communion.
Pierre Talec, 1933- 2016, French priest and author
So they approached the village where they were going.
He acted as though he wanted to go farther, but they urged him,
“Stay with us, because it is getting toward evening and the day is almost done.”
So he went in to stay with them.