Hidden with Christ in God

“[The hermit’s] chief function in the Church is not to celebrate the liturgical mysteries so much as to live, in silence and alone, the mystery of the Church’s life ‘hidden with Christ in God’ (Col. 3: 3). … The heightened sense of unity in Christ is the source of the hermit’s ‘Eucharistic’ spirit and the fountain head of his thanksgiving.” ~Thomas Merton, The Silent Life