Thoughts for Reflection from Benedictine & Monastic Authors

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2013 August 27 - Finding Our True Selves

Unfortunately, in seeing ourselves as we truly are, not all that we see is beautiful and attractive. This is undoubtedly part of the reason we flee silence. We do not want to be confronted with our hypocrisy, our phoniness. We see how false and fragile is the false self we project. We have to go through this painful experience to come to our true self. It is a harrowing journey, a death to self – the false self – and no one wants to die. But it is the only path to life, to freedom, to peace, to true love. And it begins with silence. We cannot give ourselves in love if we do not know and possess ourselves. This is the great value of silence. It is the pathway to all we truly want. This is why Saint Benedict speaks of silence as if it were a value in itself: for the sake of silence. (page 29)


A Place Apart: Monastic Prayer and Practice for Everyone
by M. Basil Pennington, OCSO