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Circumstance and history ask each generation to carry a certain pain and to redeem it through suffering. We are no exception. Our generation in the Western world is being asked to carry the pain of ecclesial disprivilege.
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Carlo Carretto, one of the leading spiritual writers of the past half-century, lived for more than a dozen years as a hermit in the Sahara desert. Alone, with only the Blessed Sacrament for company, milking a goat for his food, and translating the Bible into the local Bedouin language, he prayed for long hours by himself.