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Publication Date

Winter 2006


The article examines the meaning of solitude in the spiritual life in reference to the life of ancient desert monks and the works of religious poem writer Thomas Merton. The expression of solitude in the Christian monastic tradition was also discussed. The self transforms into a bearer of compassion and experiences the presence of God.

Recommended Citation

Christie, Douglas E. “The Work of Loneliness: Solitude, Emptiness, and Compassion.” Anglican Theological Review 88.1 (Winter 2006): 25-46. Print.

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