Friday, May 31, 2013

Silence is God's Gift

"God's first language is silence. Everything else is a translation." -- Thomas Keating

"Talk low, talk slow, and don't talk too much." --John Wayne, Old Guys Rule

"Theophilus of holy memory, Bishop Alexandria, journeyed to Scete, and the brethren coming together said to Abbot Pambo: Say a word or two to the Bishop, that his soul may be edified in this place. The elder replied: If he is not edified by my silence, there is no hope that he will be edified by my words."
--Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert

 "You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger." --James 2:19 (NRSV)       

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