Heather Thompson
Writings from
Mountainside Poustinia

The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything.
~ Julian of Norwich


"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




"The genius of a composer is found in the notes of his music; but analyzing the notes will not reveal his genius. 

The poet's greatness is contained in his words; yet the study of his words will not disclose his inspiration

God reveals himself in creation; but scrutinize creation as minutely as you wish, you will not find God, any more than you will find the soul through careful examination of your body."

-Fr. Anthony de Mello

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