". . . we must help ourselves to pray. The first means to use is silence. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence. We cannot put ourselves directly in the presence of God if we do not practice internal and external silence. Therefore we shall take as a special point silence of mind, eyes and tongue.
Silence of the tongue will teach us so much: At recreation Christ speaks to us through others and at meditation he speaks to us directly. Silence also makes us so much more Christlike because he had a special love for this virtue.
Then we have the silence of the eyes which will always help us to see God. Our eyes are like two windows through which Christ or the world comes to our hearts. Often we need great courage to keep them closed. How often we say, "I wish I had not seen this thing," and yet we take so little trouble to overcome the desire to see everything.
The silence of the mind and of the heart: our Lady "kept all these things in her heart." This silence brought her closer to our Lord . . . would that we could be so convinced of this necessity of silence! I think then the road to close union with God will become very clear.
Silence gives us a new outlook on everything. We need silence to be able to touch souls. The essential thing is not what we say, but what God says to us and through us. Jesus is always waiting for us in silence. In that silence he will listen to us, there he will speak to our soul, and there we will hear his voice.
The interior silence is very difficult, but we must make the effort to pray. In silence we will find new energy and true unity. The energy of God will be ours to do all things well, and so will the unity of our thoughts with his thoughts, the unity of our prayers with his prayers, the unity of our actions with his actions, of our life with his life. All our words will be useless unless they come from within."
These are words of Truth which I believe transcend any specific religion or spiritual path. All of the world's major religions also find silence an essential cornestone; all souls of prayer are souls of great silence. So whatever the path, the last paragraph from Mother Teresa is fundamental. No matter one's spiritul path, we all must live life from within outward in order to align with the Divine Presence. The silence lies deep within each of us. Be still and know.
Gene Ford Runnels