The Silent Life

The world of men has forgotten the joys of silence, the peace of solitude which is necessary, to some extent, for the fullness of human living.

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.

When that inner voice is not heard, when man cannot attain to the spiritual peace that comes from being perfectly at one with his own true self, his life is always miserable and exhausting.

For he cannot go on happily for long unless he is in contact with the springs of spiritual life which are hidden in the depths of his own soul.

If man is constantly exiled from his own home, locked out of his own spiritual solitude, he ceases to be a true person.

He no longer lives as a man. He becomes a kind of automaton, living without joy because he has lost his spontaneity.

He is no longer moved from within, but only from outside himself

– Thomas Merton, The Silent Life. 

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~ by tdcatss on February 3, 2016.

One Response to “The Silent Life”

  1. So grateful you posted this passage from Merton.

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