Every MOSS event includes a time of Withdrawal, where we take the opportunity to disconnect from the distractions of life and re-engage with our Creator.  

“Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal. If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others. If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others.”
— Brennan Manning



Solitude is experienced through a self-lead time of reflection in the example of Jesus who, "Often withdrew to the wilderness to pray."  We will temporarily part company from the rest of our group and find a quiet place to consider the provided readings and prayers.  It is recommended that participants bring a journal and pen to write what comes to mind as they experience God through the discipline of solitude and silence in this natural setting.  Once this period of time is complete there may be a short discussion for those who wish to participate.  

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place”
— (Mark 6:31–32).


Photography provided by Peter Paul Petretta