Thursday, July 29, 2010

Silence and Words

I have been receiving emails from "The Center for Action and Contemplation" for a number of months. On a daily basis they send a short, thought provoking message (usually no more than a couple of small paragraphs) from the writings of Richard Rohr. Whether I agree with everything he says or not, I am still prodded to think again about the things I believe. 
Today's meditation was on the relationship between silence and words. I was struck with these words:

" Silence and words are related.  Words that don’t come out of silence probably don’t say much.  They probably are more an unloading than a communicating....If I had to advise one thing for spiritual growth, it would be silence."

It is so true. Many times I have found myself  "unloading" words instead of really "communicating" something meaningful, birthed from time spent in silence. 

Enough said....

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Elizabeth Francis Caldwell

(Canon Rebel Xsi, 250mm lens - 07/15/2010)
"In the intensity,
diversity and rapid pace of our daily lives,
we must remember to reconnect
the holy and sacred
with the daily and the ordinary."
~ Elizabeth Francis Caldwell