The Soul of Simplicity

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

Silence is the soul of simplicity. Without silence, we are deaf. Thomas Merton said: “If our life is poured out in useless words we will never hear anything in the depths of our hearts, where Christ lives and speaks in silence. We will never be anything, and in the end, we shall be found speechless at the moment of the crucial decision: for we shall have said everything and exhausted ourselves in speech before we had anything to say.”

Evelyn Underhill said: “Without silence, the inward stillness in which God educates and molds us is impossible.” More than ever before, I realize now that perhaps the single biggest need busy people face today is quiet; for it is impossible to touch God on a deep level if we do not recover the essential gift and grace of quiet and silence which makes us aware of God’s holy presence. Far more than the absence of noise, silence is an opportunity, our gateway to God. Thomas Merton said: “Not all men are called to be hermits, but all men need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally.” Solitude gives you the ability to hear an inner voice longing to tell you the truth about yourself. Everyone has the potential to be a mystic – to awaken to the deep mystery within them and beyond them. Mysticism is not relegated to a select few.

“As the soul becomes more pure and bare, and possesses less of created things, and is emptied of all things that are not God, it receives God more purely, and is more completely in Him; and it truly becomes one with God, and it looks into God and God into it, face to face as it were; two images transformed into one.”
-Meister Eckhart

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