March 1, 2003 Vol. 17, No. 1 [p. 1]

Members of The Dwelling Place Community and friends

We continue to extend invitations to all interested Christians who:

desire to share in the ministry of The Dwelling Place;

wish to deepen their own spiritual life;

desire to mutually support one another in their shared search.

Contact Clare Van Lent if you are interested in more information, 662-738-5348.

Needs list

As in any home or business, occasionally our needs for small and large items overwhelm us as many of our machines have "bit the dust" because of age and use. If anyone could help us with any of these items, new or used, we would be most grateful. Special thanks to those who have helped this list become shorter.

-Henri Nouwen

Solitude- the Furnace of Transformation

Solitude is the place of the great struggle and the great encounter- the struggle against the compulsions of the false self and the encounter with the loving God who offers himself as the substance of the new self.

We have to fashion our own desert where we can withdraw every day and dwell in the gentle healing presence of God.

Solitude is not simply a means to an end. It is its own end. It is the place where Christ remodels us in his own image and frees us from our compulsions. Solitude is the place of our salvation.

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