Remember that silence can sometimes be the best answer.
The fruit of prayer is a deepening of faith.
The fruit of faith is love,
and the fruit of love is service.
But to be able to pray we need silence; silence of the heart.
And if we don't have that silence, we don't know how to pray.
— Mother Teresa from
Where There Is Love, There Is God
It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
— Mary Oliver from
Let me seek, then, the gift of silence, and poverty, and solitude, where everything I touch is turned into prayer: where the sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is in all.
— Thomas Merton from Thoughts In Solitude
We live in a society that worships independence yet deeply fears alienation: our era is sped-up and overconnected ... Life's creative solutions require alonetime. Solitude is required for the unconscious to process and unravel problems. Others inspire us, information feeds us, practice improves our performance, but we need quiet time to figure things out, to emerge with new discoveries, to unearth original answers.
— Ester Buchholz from The Call Of Solitude: Alonetime In A World Of Attachment