February 14, 2005
Julian Meditations

July, 2004

We Are What We Do With Our Silence

When the world tells us
we are what we do with
our activity, acumen, or achievement,
let us learn
WE ARE WHAT WE DO WITH OUR SILENCE.

When the world tells us
we are what we do with
our spending power, selling power, or our power of
speech, let us learn
WE ARE WHAT WE DO WITH OUR SILENCE.

When the world tells us
to drown the silent sufferings of others with indifference
or noise,
or to forget the art of stillness even in the storm,
let us learn
WE ARE WHAT WE DO IN OUR SILENCE.

When the world tells us
to rush in where angels fear to tread,
let us learn that angels listen first
before they take a step
for the voice of God in the silence ...


Taken from The Patterns of our Days, "Beginnings and Endings of Worship," Opening Preparation for Silent Service (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, published by arrangement with Wild Goose Publications, The Iona Community, Glasgow, Scotland: 1996) 96-97.