Spiritual Wisdom


The Wisdom of THOMAS MERTON, spiritual writer, poet, social activist

The Value of SILENCE

In a world of noise, confusion and conflict, it is necessary that there be places of silence, inner discipline and peace. In such places LOVE can blossom.

It is in deep solitude and silence that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers and sisters.

Silence has many dimensions. It can be a regression and an escape, a loss of self, or it can be presence, awareness, unification, self-discovery. Negative silence blurs and confuses our identity, and we lapse into daydreams or diffuse anxieties, Positive silence pulls us together and makes us realize who we are, who we might be, and the distance between the two. Hence, positive silence implies a choice and what Paul Tillich called the “courage to be.”