By David Steindl-Rast, OSB
From The Way of Silence: “The tranquility of order is a dynamic tranquility, the stillness of a flame burning in perfect calm, of a wheel spinning so fast that it seems to stand still. Silence in this sense is not only a quality of the environment, but primarily an attitude, an attitude of listening. … Let us give to one another that gift of silence, so that we can listen together and listen to one another. Only in this silence will we be able to hear that gentle breath of peace, that music to which the spheres dance, that universal harmony to which we, too, hope to dance.”
The Way of Silence: Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz, Franciscan Media, June 10, 2016
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