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Sacred solitude

From the April 22, 2013 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

What’s the distinction between loneliness and being alone—between a kind of “solitary confinement” and sacred solitude with God? If you search for loneliness on the Internet, you’ll get everything from articles about the basic need for social connection and interaction to warnings about how being lonely can increase the chance of illness. While inclusion is often the goal, exclusion seems to be very common.