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Silence and Solitude

This search for God in silence and solitude, this absence of imposed forms of prayer, a conversation that is free and truly heart-to-heart in "the place of the espousals"-this is what the desert means, this is what has characterized Carmel from the be ginning. Life of God and desert: these timeless realities are never separated in the Old Testament or in the New. The desert of the soul is the very place of God's communication. "The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom" (Is 35:1).

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