The inner room

“Nothing is more like God than silence.” –Meister Eckhart. I’ve thought of this quote many times since reading it earlier this week in Albert Nolan’s “Jesus Today: A Spirituality of Radical Freedom.” I came from a time and a home where much emphasis was placed on wrote prayers, the Rosary, the Our Father or Lord’s Prayer, Act of Contrition and even the Mass itself. Yet, from early on there was this attraction to the contemplative. As a young boy I was fascinated with Benediction and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The smell of incense and the mystical presence of Christ. I love the liturgies, but most of all I love the silence and quiet of the real presence. When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most certainly, I tell you, they have received their reward. But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly–Matthew 6:6

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One Reply to “The inner room”

  1. Thanks for the encouraging thought, Don. One of my first spiritual directors, an OFM of HNP in fact, changed my life by telling me that “the Word of God was spoken in Silence, and it’s in Silence that we hear it.” Wow.

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