At The Threahold Of Advent

“Standing at the threshold of another Advent we hear the invitation of Christ: “Come away to a deserted place and rest awhile.” And so we begin our season of growth and expectation — a time to secret ourselves with Mary, to join our hearts with hers, and to grow pregnant with God together. God invites us to a quiet place of reflection and bounty. This Advent, choose some time for silence. Make space within yourself to grow large with the abundance of God”s favor. Make this a time to fill your lungs deeply with God so you can breathe Christ into the world.”
~ Caryll Houselander

Silence

“God spoke one word from all of eternity, and s/he spoke that word in silence and it is in silence that we hear it.”
~ St John of the Cross

“The best and noblest way in which thou mayst come into this Life is by keeping silence and letting God work and speak. Where all the powers are withdrawn from their work and images, there is this word spoken…the more thou canst draw in all thy powers and forget the creature, the nearer art thou to this, and the more receptive.”
~ Meister Eckhart

“I have noticed that when one paints one should think of nothing: everything then comes better.”
~ Raphael