Fellowship of Heretics Daily Devotional: August 14-Solitude


Christ’s temptation – mosaic in Monreale Cathedral



Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Director Beth Foster

“Without great solitude no serious work is possible.” — Pablo Picasso

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” — Matthew 4:1 

It was in his place and time of solitude that the devil tempted Jesus. I was asked recently why it was there that the devil came to Jesus. What did it mean and what does it mean for the times when we seek solitude in our own lives?

In solitude, we have the opportunity to process and wrestle with our own temptations. We have the opportunity to strengthen ourselves and build emotional and spiritual resiliency. We have the time to examine ourselves and to begin making changes so that the most serious work we’ll ever undertake — that of living good lives — can be possible.

Today’s Action: Find your own “wilderness,” today. A place you can return to time and time again when you need solitude, when you need a place to wrestle with yourself and your temptations.

Sharing: We’d love to hear about your “wilderness” place. Please comment on our Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/HolyHereticZine

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