September 19

Reflection

On observation, it seems many people never enjoy solitude. We are always connected to some electronic gadget or another. The norm is constant background noise. There is literally no place to hide. Without discounting the obvious advantages of instant communication, the question arises,”Whatever happened to silence, solitude, and quiet reflection?”
Silence has always provided a way for rest and renewal, a way to withdraw periodically, a place where through meditation it is possible to connect with our deeper selves and seek God. It increases our capacity for contemplation and enables us to commune with things greater than the frenzy around us. Silence is a powerful antidote to mental fragmentation.

Prayer

Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10

Action

Spend some time in quiet without a cell phone, TV or ipod turned on. How do you feel? What happens? Is there a sense of peace or of discomfort and restlessness? Reflect on the place of solitude and silence in your life

Suggested Readings

In the morning, long before sunrise, Jesus went to a place where he could be alone to pray.
Mark 1:35

Silence is God’s first language; everything else is a poor translation. In order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and to rest in God.
Thomas Keating

It is in deep solitude and silence that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brother and sister.
Thomas Merton

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

We can’t stand the silence because silence includes thinking. And if we thought, we would have to face ourselves.
Agnes de Mille

Silence is a source of great strength.
Lao Tzu

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
Francis Bacon

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.
Mahatma Gandhi

Silence is like a river of grace inviting us to leap unafraid into its beckoning depths. It is dark and mysterious in the waters of grace. Yet in the silent darkness we are given new eyes. In the heart of the divine we can see more clearly who we are. We are renewed and cleansed in this river of silence. There are those among you who fear the Great Silence. It is a foreign land to you. Sometimes it is good to leap into the unknown. Practice leaping.
Macrina Wiederkehr

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