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TWELVE STEPS OF SILENCE – SILENCE OF JUDGEMENT

TWELVE STEPS OF SILENCE – SILENCE OF JUDGEMENT

Step 1: Speak seldom with creatures and often with God

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THE TWELVE DEGREES OF SILENCE

Step 9: Silence of judgment [Thy will be done]

Silence with regard to persons, silence with regard to things.

Do not judge, do not allow your own opinion to be perceived. Do not have them, that is, yield with simplicity, if these opinions are not opposed to prudence or charity.

It is the silence of the blessed and holy infancy, it is the silence of the perfect, it is the silence of the Angels and of the Archangels when they carry out the orders of God.

It is the silence of the Incarnate Word!

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

 

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SO LONG AS YOUR WILL IS NOT SUBJECT TO GOD’S, YOU CANNOT HAVE A PURE LOVE

The chief end of prayer

“Saint Mary Magdalen of Pazzi used to say that in all our prayers our first object should be to obtain from God the grace necessary to accomplish His holy will in all things.

Certain souls, desirous of spiritual consolation, go to prayer only to yield themselves agreeably to the sweetness of their pious sentiments; but strong souls who are generously resolved to belong entirely to God only implore light to know His holy will and strength to accomplish it perfectly.

We shall never arrive at the pure love of God without submitting our will in everything to His divine will. ‘Do not deceive yourself,’ says Saint Francis de Sales; ‘as long as your will is not completely and gladly subject to God’s will, you cannot have a pure love.’ Now, we shall never obtain that of ourselves, but only by means of mental prayer, continuous supplication, and a true desire to belong wholly and unreservedly to Jesus Christ.”

РLaverty & Sons (eds), 1905 

 

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