The Solitude of Night

The problem with this culture may well be that we have destroyed night. Even night is all light and noise and activities now. . . . The loss of night is a loss of human soul, I think, which means that if we do not have it naturally, we need to create it for ourselves: television and computers off, lights out, extra hours of quiet. Then maybe we can find the inside of ourselves again and the voice of God that echoes there so much more clearly than anywhere else.

Joan Chittister, The Art of Life: Monastic Wisdom for Every Day, 37