Silence and Solitude
Priest and spiritual writer John Westerhoff III (born 1933) has this to say about what clergy really need. I think this applies to all who try faithfully to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Teachers and preachers require spiritual lives that embrace suffering and that are in touch with the depths of existence; lives that are marked by moments of silence and solitude, lived in a rhythm between contemplation and action; lives that are self-critical, that pay attention to the deep restlessness of our spirits, and respond to God's call to grow spiritually; and lives that are lived in a community of faith comprised of persons who see the image of God in us even when we deny and distort it.
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek