The Recollected Heart - discussion questions

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Read, slowly and out loud, these three quotations that appear in The Recollected Heart. Then use the questions that follow as a guide for a group discussion. Refer back to the quotations as you discuss.

"Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while." - Mark 6:31

"Society is like the air, necessary to breathe, but insufficient to live on." - George Santayana

"And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray." - Matthew 14:23

  • How would you describe "a lonely place," and what do you feel when you are in such a place?
  • In what type of place are you most able to "rest a while"?
  • How do you respond to the quote by Santayana? Is he too critical of society, or has he made a valid point? Why or why not?
  • What is the role of society in your life?
  • Are you lonelier in a crowd, or when you are by yourself?
  • Describe your ideal place for prayer.