TODAY'S THEME: The Song of Silence
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It was like a church to me.
I entered it on soft foot,
Breath held like a cap in the hand.
It was quiet.
What God was there made himself felt,
Not listened to, in clean colours
That brought a moistening of the eye,
In movement of the wind over grass.

There were no prayers said. But stillness
Of the heart's passions -- that was praise
Enough; and the mind's cession
Of its kingdom. I walked on,
Simple and poor, while the air crumbed
And broke on me generously as bread.

R. S. Thomas (1913-2000)
Welsh poet and Anglican clergyman


When we listen to the "inner voice,"
the place we come to eventually is silence.

Dorothy Fadiman
American Filmmaker


The friend of silence comes close to God.

St. John Climacus (ca. 525-606)
Aka "John of the Ladder"
Christian monk of the monastery at Mt. Sinai


Entering into a quiet room doesn't automatically
bring us to inner silence. When there is no one
to talk to or listen to, an interior discussion
may start up which is often noisier than the
noise we just escaped. Many unresolved problems
demand attention, one care forces itself upon
the other, one complaint rivals the next,
all pleading for a hearing.

It makes you wonder whether the diversion we look
for in the many things outside us might not really
be an attempt to avoid a confrontation
with what is inside.

Excerpted from "With Open Hands,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest and author
Ave Maria Press, 1972


One reason we can hardly bear to remain silent is that it makes us
feel so helpless. We are so accustomed to relying upon words to
manage and control others. If we are silent, who will take control?
God will take control, but we will never let him take control until
we trust him. Silence is intimately related to trust.

...One of the fruits of silence is the freedom to let God be our
justifier. We don't need to straighten others out.

Excerpted from "Seeking the Kingdom,"
by Richard J. Foster
Theologian and Quaker
HarperSanFrancisco, 1995

The purest faith has to be tested by silence in which we
listen for the unexpected, in which we are open to what
we do not yet know; and in which we slowly and gradually
prepare for the day when we will reach out to a new
level of being with God...

...Not only does silence give us a chance to understand
ourselves better, to get a truer and more balanced per-
spective on our own lives in relation to the lives of others;
silence makes us whole it we let it.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist monk and influential author
From "Creative Silence,"
published by the University of Louisville, 1968


God far exceeds all words that we can here
express. In silence he is heard,
in silence worshipped best.

Angelus Silesius (1624-1677)
Born Johann Scheffler;
German mystic-poet

And now, the Last Word:

In HIs silence, the meaning
of every sound is finally clear.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)




































Bonus quote:

The mystical is not how the world is,
but that it is.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)
Austrian philosopher


On today's
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R. S. Thomas;
St. John


Dr. Jess
"The Other