Solitude…is experienced, first of all, at the fine point in the heart where each person is ceaselessly created within a dialogue, in the course of which he receives his own name from God. This is…continuous prayer, which is the monastic form of prayer par excellence. Solitude is next experienced in all the deaths to the self which constitute the numerous, daily decisions that oblige us to choose … to remain faithful to the call we have received from Christ. This is what is known as continual conversion. It is also experienced in all the concrete demands the arise from our commitment to live the Gospel with others under a common rule. This is obedience...Solitude is neither Christian, nor even real, if it is not the other side of communion.
Reflection by Dom Armand Veilleux.