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Thoughts on Silence

Silence makes us ready for a new meeting with God. In silence, God’s word can reach the hidden corners of our hearts. In silence, it proves to be “sharper than any two-edged sward, piercing until it divides soul from spirit” (Hebrews 4:12). In silence, we stop hiding before God, and the light of Christ can reach and heal and transform even what we are ashamed of.

Maybe we sometimes avoid silence, preferring whatever noise, words or distraction, because inner peace is a risky thing; it makes us empty and poor, disintegrates bitterness and leads us to the gift of ourselves. Silent and poor, our hearts are overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit, filled with an unconditional love. Silence is a humble yet secure path to loving From . . . At the Wellspring of Faith Taizé

The silence of Taizé prayer may not seem like a big hurdle to mature contemplatives. But to the average churchgoer and especially younger pilgrims, the idea of prolonged silence can seem daunting. “When does the noise ever stop in our society? . . . Margery Eagan

One reason we can hardly bear to remain silent is that it makes us feel so helpless. 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 . . . Richard Foster

Source: Collection of thoughts by Ron Bonilla