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St. Hilarion, whose feast is celebrated today, was a monastic who struggled to find a place where he could be alone with God in the desert. His difficulty was his popularity; he was known as a source of spiritual wisdom and peace for seekers of holiness. Hilarion is known as the founder of monasticism in Palestine. A brief reflection at the end of his biography on Franciscan media’s “Saint of the Day” page gives us a good thought to ponder for today, I think. See if you agree.

We can learn the value of solitude from St. Hilarion. Unlike loneliness, solitude is a positive condition in which we are alone with God. In today’s busy and noisy world, we could all use a little solitude.