The Art of Silence

     “We are gradually losing the art of silence.  Of walking down the street lost in our own thoughts.  Of closing the door to our rooms and being quiet.  Of sitting on a park bench and just thinking.  We may fear silence because we fear what we might hear from the deepest parts of ourselves.  We may be afraid to hear that “still small” voice.  What might it say?

     “Might it ask us to change?

     “You may have to disconnect in order to connect—disconnect with the world of noise to connect with silence, where God speaks to you in a different way.  You cannot change our noisy world, but you can disconnect from time to time, to give yourself the gift of silence.”

— James Martin, S.J.

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