Monastery of the Visitation


        There are no words for the deepest things.
        Words become feeble when mystery visits & prayer moves into silence.
       In post-modern culture the ceaseless din has killed our aquaintance with silence.
        Consequently we are stressed & anxious
        Silence is a fascinating presence. Silence is shy; it is patient & never draws attention to itself.
     Without the presence of silence, no word could ever be said or heard.
        Our thoughts constantly call up new words.
        We become so taken with words that we barely notice the silence, but the silence is always there.
      The best words are born in the fecund silence that minds the mystery.'
John O'Donohue  (from Eternal Echoes)