|Painting by Albert Lorieux|
Solitude - but, always with You, Jesus and Lord,
Close to Your Heart, time passes pleasantly for me,
And, close to Him, my soul finds repose.
When the heart is filled with You and over-flowing with love,
and the soul burns with pure fire,
then, amidst the utmost desolation, the soul will not experience loneliness,
because it rests on Your bosom.
O Solitude - moments of supreme companionship,
though I be abandoned by all creatures,
I immerse myself, totally in the ocean of Your Godhead,
and You listen sweetly to my confidences."