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Morning Meditation, April 23, 2020


Morning Meditation, April 23, 2020
Our focus today is on silence. Please enjoy our silent meditation, as well as readings from Thomas Merton and Richard Rohr.

From Father Richard Rohr:

Silence has a life of its own. It is not just that which is around words and underneath images and events. It is a being in itself to which we can relate and become intimately familiar… Philosophically, we would say being is that foundational quality which precedes all other attributes. Silence is at the very foundation of all reality—naked being, if you will.

When we connect with silence as a living, primordial presence, we can then see all other things—and experience them deeply—inside that container. Silence is not just an absence, but a primal presence… We must find a way to return to this place, live in this place, abide in this place of inner silence.

And from Thomas Merton:

The true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words that will transform his darkness into light. He does not even anticipate a special kind of transformation. He does not demand light instead of darkness. He waits on the Word of God in silence, and, when he is answered it is not so much by a word that bursts into his silence. It is by his silence itself, suddenly, inexplicably revealing itself to him as a word of great power, full of the voice of God.

In Silence God ceases to be an object and becomes an experience.

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