"The word poustinia is Russian, meaning ‘desert.’ It means the lonely place that souls sometimes have to enter, to find the God who dwells within them. Bow low before the cross when you enter the poustinia because you’re entering an immense mystery, a mystery that has no end except when you will see the Lord who came to you to be consoled.
Later, the Lord who came to share your consolation will come to console you. Then the Lord will come just to be silent in solitude with you. If you understand the poustinia a little you understand what it is you are walking into. You will know what mystery you are entering. The poustinia then will welcome you and embrace you and bring you solitude and silence and make you a prayer.”
- Catherine Doherty