For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place where your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. (1 Thessalonians 1:8).
Saint Benedict regarded silence as one of the most important aspects of Monastic life. In Chapter 6 in The Rule Benedict he wrote:
I was silent and was humbled, and I refrained even from good words (Ps. 38 :2-3). Here the Prophet indicates that there are times when good words are to be left unsaid out of esteem for silence.
The words from Paul to the Thessalonians and The Rule of St. Benedict are telling us that our faith is most often best known when we maintain silence. The Word of God sounds forth from us as we spend time silently in the presence of God; allowing God to speak to our hearts in Contemplative and Centering Prayer. When we live in silence from the essence of who we really are and seek union with God in all we do there is no need for us or others to speak of it. Our faith in the Holy One who has made us not one, but not two brings us to the holy union that we desire with God in faith, trust and love.
In this Season of Advent as we await to celebrate God coming among us in Christ, our silence with the Word of God is imperative to be the faithful People of God we were created and redeemed to be.
How is your silence with the Word known so that there is no need to speak of it?
Brother Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB