One goes into solitude not to escape the world or people
but rather to find the world deep within. One goes into the solitary
prayer place to be or become more than a friend.
Many are called, few are chosen. Love is an act of the will and such
a ministry demands an act of love. Love then is a choice. We see that
many are called.
St. Bonaventure, a true spiritual disciple of Francis,
was also a Bishop/Cardinal in the Latin rite and the General of the
Franciscan Order. He was also a Doctor of the Church and thus a great
theologian. In one of his works, he stated something interesting and
appropriate to Loci Ministries.
the world moves toward its consummation, the Church will find
in its midst solitaries and small communities who consciously
or unconsciously live out their lives in a way very similar to
Perhaps the time has come -- if we read the signs of our times -- that
the church will once again find itself as an underground church.
when the apparent Center of "Church" disappears then the
body of Christ (in His little ones) will find a ministry most ancient
and yet so new.
Francis considered himself the Herald of the great King Jesus the Lord, very
much like a new John the Baptist. Could it be that the Loci Ministries aligned
with and within the ECC+USA become models of this ancient and yet so new
way of ministering?
Let us "Prepare
the Way of the Lord" in the hearts of all the anawim -- the
There are many who suffer chronic or terminal illness. If it is true
that the Christ appropriated to himself all guilt, sin, suffering
and even death… and though he did not sin but became sin for
Then the suffering we bear is not our own but His. Hence we become
co-suffers in His martyrdom and thus make up in our bodies that which
is lacking in Christ. We share in the salvific grace of Jesus.
Such sufferers as these are called.
Many find themselves in isolation. There are the homebound, those
in nursing homes and those who have chosen to be alone. The contemplative
solitary is called to transform loneliness and isolation into solitude.
The lonely such as these are called.
There are hidden in the world many
that remain nameless and are hidden. In their solitude they have chosen
to suffer the difficult good of the martyrdom of contemplation. Some
of these are connected with in a religious community of sorts. But
there are others who are not associated to communities except in Spirit
These solitaries are called.