The Real School
By the unanimous testimony of mystic writers, solitude is the only proper school of contemplation, that is to say, a condition of life in which the soul is free externally from the burdens, temptations, and solicitudes of the world, and free internally, at least to a considerable extent, from inordinate affections for worldly or carnal objects, so that the soul may have leisure to attend to God, who deserves our thoughts and affections, and to practise such mortifications and prayer as will dispose her to an immediate and perfect union with Him.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930