During this Lent, let us fast from gossip and feast on silence.
We live in a world that feasts on gossip. Instant communication provides stories of private indiscretions daily on television and on the internet. Celebrity marital problems greet us from the racks of supermarket tabloids. Important events are buried amidst this reporting that spans from one scandal to the next. We are inundated with the pathetic and the trivial and forced to search for valid and true information. Can it be that we are really that interested? It is difficult to turn toward God amidst noise and restlessness. It is hard to focus on what is important if we are preoccupied with trivialities and the business of other people’s private lives. Silence has always been one of the bedrocks of the spiritual search. Our minds need to be still, quiet and at peace. “Be still and know that I am God.”. Silence opens the way to reflection and contemplation. In the embrace of silence we can be open to Mystery.
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still.
Try not to be caught up in gossip and noise. Find a quiet space where you can be still and spend a little time there each day.
Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile.
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged.
It is in deep solitude and silence that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brother and sister.
Silence will illuminate you in God and deliver you from phantoms of ignorance.
Silence will unite you to God. In the beginning we have to force ourselves
to be silent. But then from our very silence is born something that draws us into deeper silence.
Isaac of Nineveh
The silence is there within us. What we have to do is to enter into it, to become silent, to become the silence. The purpose of meditation and the challenge of meditation is to allow ourselves to become silent enough to allow this interior silence to emerge. Silence is the language of the spirit.
John Main, Word into Silence
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Gossip is a very dangerous tool. We should be more wary of the gossiper, and not the gossip they’re trying to relay to you.
No one’s personal life is in the public interest. It’s gossip, bottom line. End of story.