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TWELVE STEPS OF SILENCE – SILENCE OF THE IMAGINATION

01 Mar

Step 1: Speak seldom with creatures and often with God

Step 2: Silence in work, in movements

THE TWELVE DEGREES OF SILENCE

Step 3: Silence of the imagination

This faculty is the first which knocks at the Spouse’s garden; inexplicable disturbances accompany it, vague impressions, sadness. But in this secluded place, the soul will give to the Beloved proofs of her love. She will present the beauty of Heaven, the charms of her Lord, the scenes of Calvary and the perfections of her God to this faculty that cannot be annihilated. Then she will also rest in silence, she will be the silent handmaid of Divine Love.

Step 4: Silence of the memory

Silence of the past… forgetfulness. It is necessary to saturate this faculty with the remembrance of the mercies of God… It is gratitude in silence. It is the silence of thanksgiving.

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– From: The Twelve Degrees of Silence, Supplemento am.n.2/2008 di “De Vita Contemplativa”

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