Seclusion, exclusion, segregation, isolation

Does God have a word for us about these very topical realities?

It might be that seclusion does not present itself as something negative. For some of us, it’s not a big deal whatsoever. Some have even chosen to live seclusion as an option for life. With its prefix se-, “apart”, seclusion has the basic meaning of a place or condition that’s “closed away”. Jesus chose to seclude himself not primarily to stay alone, but to be with the Father: “Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God” (Lk 6:12). He even asked his apostles to do the same, and to accompany him in his horrendous hour: “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me” (Mt 26:38). Continue reading Seclusion, exclusion, segregation, isolation