And it should be noted that Christ is said to have had three refuges; for sometimes He fled to a mountain, as said here; and it is written in John 8:1: “And Jesus went unto mount Olivet.” Sometimes He fled to a boat; “When the multitudes pressed upon him … going into one of the ships that was Simon’s … sitting he taught” (Lk. 5). And thirdly, sometimes He fled into the desert; “Come apart into a desert place” (Mk. 6:31).

St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew, trans. Paul M. Kimball (Dolorosa Press, 2012), page 139.

(My comments below)

In celebrating Lent, we try to imitate what Jesus did by his going out into the desert for 40 days of fasting and praying. As disciples of Jesus we also need to have a refuge (or two or three) where we can get away from the world and get closer to our God.  For example, in the summer I have a hammock in a shady spot of my backyard, where I go to read the Bible or theology books.  A more practical, your round suggestion is to visit a church. Most churches are open evenings, are quiet and are perfect places to pray. Jesus himself suggests for us to go into his house and pray: “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’” (Matt 21:13).

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