more thomas merton.

It is necessary that we find the silence of God, not only in ourselves, but also in one another. Unless someone speaks to us in words which spring from God and communicate with the silence of God in our souls, we remain isolated in our own silence, from which God tends to withdraw. Our inner silence depends on a continual inner seeking, a continual crying in the night, a repeated bending over the abyss. If we cling to a silence we think we have found forever, we stop seeking God, and the silence goes dead within us. The silence in which God is no longer sought ceases to speak to us of God. A silence from which God does not seem to be absent dangerously threatens God’s continued presence. For God is found when sought and when no longer sought, God escapes. God is heard when we hope to hear, and if, thinking our hope to be fulfilled, we cease to listen, God ceases to speak. Then, the silence of God becomes dead, even though we recharge it with the echo of our own emotional noise.

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