The Sound of Silence

Words of Saint Teresa of Kolkata:

“Everything begins with prayer that is born in the silence of our hearts.”

“If we really want to pray, we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of the heart God speaks.”

“Listen in silence, because if your heart is full of other things you cannot hear the voice of God.”

“To foster and maintain a prayerful atmosphere of exterior silence we shall
– respect certain times and places of more strict silence
– move about and work prayerfully, quietly and gently
– avoid at all costs all unnecessary speaking and notice
– speak, when we have to, softly, gently, saying just what is necessary
– look forward to profound silence as a holy and precious time, a withdrawal into living silence of God.”

“We need silence to be alone with God, to speak to him, to listen to him, to ponder his words deep in our hearts. We need to be alone with God in silence to be renewed and to be transformed. Silence gives us a new outlook on life. In it we are filled with the grace of God himself, which makes us do all things with joy.”

The Bible says, “There is a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.” (Ecclesiastes 3:7)


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