THE TWELVE DEGREES OF SILENCE
Step 1. Speak seldom with creatures and often with God
The interior life could consist in one word alone: silence! Silence prepares the Saints, it is their beginning, their continuation, and by means of it they are brought to perfection. God, Who is eternal, says but one word: the Word. In the same way it would be desirable that all our words should express Jesus directly or indirectly. How beautiful is this word: silence!
This is the first, but indispensable step, in the solitary ways of silence. The elements that prepare for Divine union are taught at this school. Here the soul studies and deepens this virtue in the spirit of the Gospel and in the spirit of the Rule which it has embraced, respecting consecrated places, persons, and above all the tongue, where so often the Word of the Father, the Word made Flesh, rests!
Silence with regard to the world, silence with regard to news, silence with souls, also those who are more just (…). (to be continued – Step 2)
– From: The Twelve Degrees of Silence, Supplements al.n.2/2008 di “De Vita Contemplativa”