“Silence promotes the presence of God, prevents many harsh and proud words, and suppresses many dangers in the way of ridiculing or harshly judging our neighbor… If you are faithful in keeping silence when it is not necessary to speak, God will preserve you from evil when it is right for you to talk.”
– Francois Fenelon (1651-1715)
Psalm 131- Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself , as a child that is weaned of his mother; my soul is even as a weaned child.
I’ve been reading from volume one of the Dialogues of Fenelon recently. Fenelon was the archbishop of Cambray during the 17th century. His writings are simple and soul searching and make great little devotionals. You can get the pocket-sized leatherbound book here.
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