June 20, 2010
Julian Meditations

May, 2010

"Teach Me This Mute Language"

by Richard Foster

O My Divine Master, teach me this mute language which says so many things. Jean-Nicholas Grou

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER IMMERSES us into the silence of God. It is the one discipline that can free us from our addiction to words. Progress in intimacy with God means progress toward silence. "For God alone my soul waits in silence," declares the Psalmist (Ps. 62:1). The desert father Ammonas, a disciple of Saint Anthony writes, "I have shown you the power of silence, how thoroughly it heals and how fully pleasing it is to God… Know that it is by silence that the saints grew, that it was because of silence that the power of God dwelt in them, because of silence that the mysteries of God were known to them." It is this recreating silence to which we are called in Contemplative Prayer.

From Prayer: Finding the Heath's True Home by Richard J. Foster (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1992). p. 155.