In reflecting on the value of silence in our lives, Henri Nouwen in The Way of the Heart wrote: “One of our main problems is that in this chatty society, silence has become a fearful thing. For most people, silence creates itchiness and nervousness. Many experience silence not as full and rich, but as empty and hollow.” Perhaps during this Lent, we could experience some of the richness that silence holds. Instead of filling our prayers with a steady flow of words, we could spend 10 or 15 minutes each day quietly sitting in God’s presence, just loving Him and allowing Him to love us. Many older persons have discovered this way of loving as they just sit close to each other for periods of time each day without saying a word.
By a Benedictine Sister