Here is a speech that the Holy Father gave on his recent visit to a Charterhouse (Carthusian monastery) in southern Italy. The Carthusians were founded by St. Bruno, whose feast we just celebrated in the Church's calendar. In this article, Pope Benedict talks about the pressing need for solitude in our world today. He talks about the need to escape from virtual reality. He talks about the need, quoting St. Bruno, of being "grasped by the One" -- the Latin title of this post. God as the One is my greatest consolation. Go read the article.