"In silence we face and admit the gap between the depth of our being, which we consistently ignore, and the surface which is untrue to our own reality. We recognize the need to be at home with ourselves in order that we may go out to meet others, not just with a mask of affability, but with real commitment and authentic love.
That is the reason for choosing silence."
Merton, Thomas. Love & Living. Naomi Burton Stone and Br. Patrick Hart, Editors. New York: Harcourt. 1979, p. 41.
From the daily Lenten series of quotes being sent out by Vanessa Hurst at The Merton Institute. Her selection of Merton writings is excellent. You can subscribe to the daily emails at www.mertoninstitute.org.