GeE 152: Silence Is No Escape

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The saints do not consider silence and solitude an escape from life and duty, nor an abandonment of human companionship:

152. I ask that we never regard prayerful silence as a form of escape and rejection of the world around us. The Russian pilgrim, who prayed constantly, says that such prayer did not separate him from what was happening all around him. “Everybody was kind to me; it was as though everyone loved me… Not only did I feel [happiness and consolation] in my own soul, but the whole outside world also seemed to me full of charm and delight”. [The Way of a Pilgrim, New York, 1965, pp. 17, 105-106]

Some might be tempted to take the Benedict Option to extremes, finding no delight in the outside world. This would seem out of keeping with the witness of many saints.

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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