1. keentonchiang
    July 30, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    JPII’s Original Solitude reveals that men and women feel aloneness not because they need each other, but because they need to complete the image of God. A man and a woman together plus the spirit of procreation completes the Trinitarian image of God, who has the Power of Creation.


  2. keentonchiang
    July 30, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    My wife received an email reflection from a woman’s group back in Shanghai that encourages a person to develop his or her interior life. This reflection goes well with my thoughts on JPII’s Original Solitude:

    The reality that lies beyond our earthly experience is often distorted and obscured. In this age we have almost ceased to think about it. Thus we have obliged God to make us very painfully aware of the temporal and impermanent nature of existence. The realization often comes as a brutal shock. Even those of us who believe in the future life share the worldly view of the rest to some extent. Yet a person is only human in so far as he respects the laws of his being in relation to his whole existence. Only such a person is capable of the true attitude, the proper approach, the reverence, the devoted love, the absolute obedience due to the Creator. We can only arrive at our true nature by lifting our eyes to the hills…

    A person only becomes human in the inner fastness of his own personal “I am”. And unless the dialogue takes place this inner identity slowly congeals and freezes to death. Humans cannot dispense with the dialogue; they need it so that they may grow and fulfill themselves. And the dialogue with the Absolute is paramount importance, something far beyond a mere idea or ideal. The God of life is a personal God, and only when humans enter into the dialogue with him do they begin to realize their dreams. In this conversation they learn the fundamental principles of their being- adoration, veneration, love, trust. Anything undertaken on a plane lower than this dialogue no matter how much zeal and sincerity and devotion go into it, is in the end incomplete. Adoration is the road that leads us to ourselves.

    The realm of the personal God is heaven, that is to say, it is the sum-total of all that we consider to be our life’s greatest happiness. Fulfillment and more. It is not primarily a place or a period in time or anything like that. It is fundamentally God himself- a conscious union with him. Anyone who has achieved that union is in heaven. It is a union that uproots all our limitations and destroys our previous habits.

    Father Alfred Delp, S.J. (c. 1945) – a German Jesuit priest condemned to death by the Nazis in Berlin, Germany


  3. Keenton Chiang
    July 31, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

    Christopher West answers the question, “Theology is the study of God; how can our bodies be a study of God?” regarding JPII’s Theology of the Body: http://www.christopherwest.com/what-makes-the-body-theological/


  4. Keenton Chiang
    July 31, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    Mary Beth Bonacci talks about Original Solitude from a single woman’s perspective in this old Catholic Exchange article: http://catholicexchange.com/alone/


  5. Keenton Chiang
    August 3, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    A teacher of TOB reflects on Original Solitude back in 2010: http://acalltoloverevolution.blogspot.kr/2010/03/original-solitude.html

    Cool! I’m not the only one.


  6. Original Unity « Keen for God
    August 5, 2013 @ 6:01 am

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  7. Original Nakedness, (or… In the beginning, there was only the iPhone) « Keen for God
    August 11, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    […] difficult to envision a state of the human mind without shame.  After establishing the concepts of Original Solitude and Original Unity, he tries to reconstruct what it might mean to be in a state of Original […]


  8. The Analogy of the Flower « Keen for God
    August 18, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    […] as each flower is unique, so is each person unique (cf. Original Solitude).  Just as two flowers could make a bouquet that would mirror their god, so do man, woman and the […]


  9. Desire and Concupiscence « Keen for God
    September 3, 2013 @ 6:01 am

    […] one, depending on no one.  Each flower is the master of his or her own universe.  This is how Original Solitude was corrupted.  When confronted by the Heavenly Gardener, they do not repent.  Instead, the […]


  10. Comedian Louis C.K. on Original Solitude « Keen for God
    October 3, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    […] would have thought a comedian known for his vulgar jokes would speak so profoundly about Original Solitude?  This YouTube video clip has garnered over 5.3 million views.  The clip specifically addresses […]


  11. Keenton Chiang
    October 3, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    Dan Burke’s article on “The Devil’s War on Silence” is a great extension on Original Solitude:



  12. Keenton Chiang
    October 3, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    Comedian Louis C.K. is known for his vulgar humor, but he hits Original Solitude right on the nail in this YouTube video clip on the Conan O’Brien late-night show:



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